Community Safety Officer
Community Safety Advisor
I would like to explain the roles and objectives of the RNLI Community Safety Team and at the same time introduce myself and the other team members.
My name is Martyn Chambers and I am The Lizard Lifeboat Station Community Safety Officer (CSO). My colleague Anthony Wilkins Community Safety Advisor (CSA) is a recently retired Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer. Our newest recruits to the team are Sara Caddel and Sean Ellis who join us as Community Safety Advisors (CSA’s). Sara joins us from a background in Intensive Care nursing, casualty care, and teaching, she also volunteers in The Lizard Lifeboat Station Visitors Centre. Sean is currently a serving Officer in the Royal Navy and is a Survival Equipment Technician.
As I approached retirement I decided I wanted to put something back into the community and so I volunteered as a Community Safety Advisor with the RNLI and 3 years ago I was based at Penlee Lifeboat Station. However, I am really enjoying my recent decision to move to The Lizard Lifeboat Station Community Safety Team.
The role of the The RNLI Lizard Lifeboat Community Safety Team
The objective of the Community Safety Team is part of the RNLI’s bid to halve accidental drownings in the UK by 2024. The team is constantly working toward this by developing local lifesaving plans, including identifying any ‘at risk’ groups and also providing specific safety advice. The four coastal based activities targeted in and around The Lizard area are:
2) Yacht sailing and motor boating
3) In-water play/beach users/ Kayaking/ Surfing/ Kite Surfing/ Paddle Boarding
4) Walking/Dog walking/Southwest Coastal Path activities
The Community Safety Team regularly take part in:
Coastal Safety talks to outside groups and life-jacket clinics for local sailing and yachting clubs.
My Personal Story on the road to Community Safety with the RNLI ……
I retired from the Army in the late 70’s. I joined the Fire and Rescue Service and served for over 22 years reaching the rank of Crew Manager. My retirement from the fire service was due to an injury sustained while on an operational shout in the late 90’s. While recovering from and waiting for the Fire Service to make a decision re my future with them I went back to school where I earned myself a number of educational qualifications including a BA Hon’s Degree. I finally graduated in 2000 which is the same year I finally left the Fire Service.
2002 saw me return to work with the Police as an Intelligence Officer which was to have been only for a short working time period, but I ended up working for a further 10 years finally retiring in 2012.
2015 I and my wife moved to beautiful Cornwall.
All of us at The Lizard Lifeboat Station Community Safety Team very much look forward to meeting you. If we can be of any help at all regarding your own or others safety in and around our beautiful Lizard Peninsular waters and cliffs, whether it be personal, leisure based or club oriented activities then don’t think twice about getting in touch – my contact details can be found under the Contacts Tab on the home-page.
Martyn Chambers CS