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Recruitment crisis for emergency services

Great strain has been put on the small pool of existing volunteers

Arran’s volunteer emergency services may be facing a personnel crisis in the near future unless additional volunteers can be recruited to join their ranks.

With volunteering in decline, and increasing demand from Arran’s emergency services, a large number of new volunteers is required to avoid the dire consequence of the current trajectory.

HM Coastguard, the RNLI, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Services and Arran’s First Responders are all facing a lower availability of volunteers, though as yet it has not led to a decline in services on Arran.

But it has placed additional demands, and a greater strain, on the small pool of existing volunteers. Last year the Coastguard team went down to four members, but managed between them to attend every callout – an average of 138 shouts – which has been hailed as a huge accomplishment.

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