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The Coast Guard Needs Your Help!

The Coast Guard Needs Your Help!
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USCG Auxilliary Peoria
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Central Illinois
Peoria, IL

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During these troubled times, the United States Coast Guard is stretched thin. Your civilian volunteer help is needed in radio communications, engineering, crew, office assistance, and in so many other areas. If you’re interested in donating your skills to help the U.S. Coast Guard, you can do so by joining the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. At that point, you’ll receive the necessary training and become a critical
component of “Team Coast Guard.”
In Radio Communications, as a Watchstander, you’ll be responsible for monitoring and operating the Unit’s Communication Center. You’ll handle telephone and radio traffic for both routine and distress situations. In
Engineering, you’ll be responsible for the underway and mechanical operations of Coast Guard vessels.
Indeed, anytime you volunteer to help at a local Coast Guard Unit, you relive active duty personnel to do those things only they can. And, remember, in order to be a part of this needed endeavor you must be a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
An Act of Congress in 1939 created the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary as the volunteer civilian component of the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard Authorization Act, passed October 19, 1996, authorizes Coast Guard Auxiliary Personnel is to “assist the Coast Guard, as authorized by the Commandant, in performance of any Coast Guard function, duty, role, mission, or operation, authorized by law.” Presently this Act of Congress is saving the taxpayers an estimated 200 million a year.
As such, the Auxiliary is charged with three primary missions: “public education” in the classroom teaching water safety and basic boating and sailing skills; “safety patrols” on the water to assist distressed boaters;
free “vessel safety checks” in your hometown.
The Public Education Mission teaches Boating Skills and Boating Safety Programs to the public. These programs have gained an excellent national reputation. Many of our graduates can even receive insurance discounts upon completion.
To fulfill the Safety and Rescue Mission, the Auxiliary runs on-the-water patrols staffed by “crew certified” civilians trained and equipped to deal with emergencies, such as fires, towing, and other assistance to pleasure boaters in distress. The Auxiliary also has qualified volunteer Pilots and Air Observers to aid in Coast Guard search and rescue activities.
All these missions are conducted as part of the “Team Coast Guard.”
At the latest count, Auxiliarists have volunteered over 33,000 hours and have conducted more than 6,000 patrols. In doing so, they have saved 48 lives and property valued at almost nine million dollars. A typical Coast Guard Patrol Boat costs over $1,500.00 per day to operate. On the other hand, privately owned Coast Guard Auxiliary patrol boat, with crew of three, costs about $100.00 per day.
If you are a U.S. Citizen and at least 17 years of age, join the Auxiliary and make yourself count on this battle against terrorism.
For more information please contact:
Scott at 815-992-3039

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