Beach Patrol: Volunteers utilize the Departments ATV to patrol the Town’s beaches from Tracking Station Beach northward to just south of the Grand Harbour Beach, approximately 6 miles. The volunteers will receive specialized training in handling the ATV including how to drive the vehicle, routine maintenance, equipment on board, access to the beach, and driving on the beach. While on patrol, the rider is expected to be alert and watchful for persons endangered by medical emergencies or having problems with the surf and tides. Additionally, the rider must be on the alert for hazardous materials on the beach that could harm the sea turtles such as netting, balloons, fishing line, etc. The Station must be called on the radio provided if the riders encounter any of these situations.
Courier and Transport: Volunteers typically receive assignment from the Volunteer Coordinator, and using the Volunteer Car will be required to make deliveries to the courthouse, town attorney, Medical Director; obtain supplies and equipment from Lowe’s, NAPA, Southern Embroidery, and delivering cars to the Sheriff’s Garage for repairs. Training is provided regarding the location of addresses frequented.
Front Office and Administration: Volunteers will be assigned to work with Public Safety’s Finance/Records Administrator and will be involved in computer input, preparing routine reports, monitoring volunteer time reporting, assist in filing, routine correspondence, and help with incident, fire alarm, security alarm report preparation. Familiarity with office routine, typing, and computers are required.
Marine Patrol: Volunteers assigned to the marine patrol are always paired with a Public Safety Officer when utilizing the Department’s boat. While on the water, the marine patrol is expected to be alert to activities that may require attention such as boaters needing assistance, excess speeding, unsafe conditions, dolphins and/or manatees in distress, etc. Familiarity with boating is helpful, and volunteers on marine patrol would be encouraged to take a Power Squadron, Coast Guard Auxiliary, or Florida Fish & Wildlife “How To Boat Smart” course.
Website Monitor: Public Safety places a high priority on communication, community needs, safety and education, and its website will be continuously updated as the Department introduces new programs, and to provide such useful items as a community calendar. This website will also provide up-to-date information on hurricanes including the latest warnings, evacuation planning, and damage reporting once the storm has moved off the Coast. The website is also interactive, making it possible for residents to enroll online for many of the Department’s programs, and volunteer positions. The website monitor would be responsible for accessing the website on a frequent basis to oversee content, input new material as required, update existing material, and maintain the overall quality and usefulness of the site.