VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: FNC Surf Life Saving radio adviser Elton Cummings at the Surfcom radio room at the Shelly Beach surf clubhouse.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: FNC Surf Life Saving radio adviser Elton Cummings at the Surfcom radio room at the Shelly Beach surf clubhouse. Doug Eaton

More volunteers needed … over!

THE Ballina surf life saving radio room needs volunteers over the Christmas period - and you don't have to be a surf lifesaver.

Surfcom operates out of the old Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore Surf Life Saving Club building at Shelly Beach.

The surf lifesaving Far North Coast branch operates the radio network that supports all the lifeguards and volunteer surf life saving clubs from the Queensland border down to Port Macquarie.

"Our role is to support the life savers and lifeguards and we do this by calling ambulances, police or rangers if required," said the branch's director of administration, Debbie Pawsey.

"This enables the life savers to concentrate their attention on their role."

Training for volunteers is provided on the job and new operators are paired with an experienced operator until they are ready to go it alone.

The radio room operates on weekends and public holidays in the surf lifesaving season. During the week, lifeguards are supported by Surfcom in Sydney.

Surfcom operates from 8am to 6pm during peak holiday season and the hours are slightly shorter at the moment with most clubs and lifeguards finishing patrols at 4pm and some at 5pm.

During busy times, there are three operators on. There are two radio controls and the third person provides support with answering the phone and assisting with rescues.

The shifts are 8am to 12.30pm and 12.30pm to 5pm-6pm.

Phone 0427 808 707 if you would like to volunteer.


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