Training for Eyemouth’s resilient team

Waters safety measures at Eyemouth promenade have been improved in recent years
Waters safety measures at Eyemouth promenade have been improved in recent years

Eyemouth’s resilient communities team is working with the Coastguard and RNLI on improving the community’s ability to respond to emergencies on the coastline or the harbour.

Training line throwing sessions are to continue in 2016, beginning in May, and three new businesses in the town are to be added to the list of businesses that hold emergency throw lines.

A site for the town’s store of sandbags, shovels, storage boxes etc needs to be chosen and it was agreed that the old high school or at the harbour would be the best locations.

An emergency blue light festival that will lead on to a search and rescue exercise is to take place in Eyemouth in August this year.

The seaside town’s four defibrillators - at the high school, swimming pool, health centre and fire station - are being added to by an extra two which will be placed at the High Street and the caravan park and there is funding available for others if needed. Classes are to be held to show members of the public how to use the devices.

Free first aid training is also available to resilient community members, which it is hoped may lead to people coming forward who are prepared to be part of Eyemouth responders.