Rescues are the true reward for dedicated VMR volunteers
THE reward of potentially saving lives is enough for the guys at the Gladstone Volunteer Marine Rescue.
Crew members, radio operators and maintenance supervisors are required to keep this vital service afloat.
Terry Webber says the experience of volunteering is a pleasure when you can positively influence a person's day.
"I've been volunteering for the Marine Rescue for 12 years now," he said. "People are always happy to see you show up. I really enjoy doing it."
Gladstone service president Jim Kidner says volunteers are enriched through the experience..
"You learn about the sea, boating safety and all of the required skills in our induction program," he said.
"We're always in need of volunteers and it's a great opportunity to learn and take something away from the experience."
Reminiscing about the rescue's humble beginnings, Mr Kidner is proud to have witnessed the service grow from a caravan using his own equipment to a network with 100 active volunteers.
To inquire about volunteering at Gladstone VMR, head to vmrgladstone.org.au.
Duties such as radio operators, crew members and maintenance supervisors are required