Community Safety Officer
Community Safety Advisor
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 Caddell and Sean Ellis who join us as Community Safety Advisors (CSA’s). Sara is from a background in Intensive Care Nursing, casualty care, and teaching. Sara is also a volunteer in The Lizard Lifeboat Station Visitors Centre. Sean is currently a serving Officer in the Royal Navy and is a Survival Equipment Technician.
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:
1) swimming 2) yacht sailing and motor boating 3) In-water-play, beach users, kayaking, surfing, kite surfing, paddle boarding 4) walking, dog walking, and any other South West coastal path activities. The Community Safety Team also regularly take part in: Coastal Safety talks to outside groups and life-jacket clinics for local sailing and yachting club
Our volunteer teams have been very busy out and about all summer attending events and venues spreading the word about all things safety! Summer is fading and autumn is nigh, time to take a step back you may think? Not so! Although most of the children are back at school now and the “beach scene” is not quite so frantic, it’s time now for other activities to come to the fore. for example, as we know, surfing, sailing and cliff walking are very popular all year round but so much easier to participate in at this relatively quieter time of year – roles in Community Safety don’t stop when the seasons change, our focus just alters a little? It can be easy sometimes, especially after the hectic summer months to forget that our beautiful environs are still a magnetic attraction for so many people and their outdoor pursuits and activities.
As we all take a bit of a breather from the busiest of the years tourist months, it is still important we don’t let our guard down and continue sending out our message of safety first! Please remember we also offer help and guidance to local people too – not only our visitors? We look forward to hearing from you ..
The CSO Team
The Lizard Lifeboat Flag Day and RNAS Culdrose 814 Squadron Family Day –
The Team also attended RNAS AED Department Family Day
Martyn Chambers – “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 Honours Degree. I 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. In 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