Emergency Contacts

DOCTORS: The Coquet Medical Group are based in the purpose built Amble Health Centre on Percy Drive in Amble.

Opening hours are Monday to Friday 0830 to 1800 by appointment only and surgeries are held mornings and afternoons. Telephone access to the practice is also available between 0800 to 0830 and 1800 to 1830.

The practice also offers a Saturday morning surgery for patients who are unable to attend during normal working hours.

Out of hours medical care is the responsibility of the Out of Hours provider – Northern Doctors.

Amble Health Centre provides access for disabled patients. It has ramps at the main entrance automatic doors and disabled toilets. There are also moving signs call boards and a tannoy system to aid patients who have impaired hearing and/or vision. 

Website http://www.coquetmedicalgroup.co.uk

Telephone 01665 710481

            

DENTIST: Amble Dental Practice offers a wide range of dental surgery services. They have been awarded a Gold. Membership from the British Dental Association Good Practice Scheme which means they comply with current agreed standards of good practice as well as their legal and professional obligations. The practice is located on High Street and offers NHS and private dentistry as well as a dental hygiene service. Read about it here! 
Their opening hours are as follows:
Monday 0830 - 1730
Tuesday 0830 - 1730
Wednesday 0830 - 1730
Thursday 0830 - 1900
Friday 0800 - 1700
Saturdays - one per month 0900 – 1230

For further information http://www.ambledental.comTelephone: 01665 710678 


POLICE:

Emergencies – call 999
Non-emergencies – call101

Telephone - 03456 043043 
Textphone – 18000


From 27 August 2015 Amble’s Police Station is located at Fourways 2 on Dilston Terrace - although it is located on the upper ground floor, it has full disabled access.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm


FIRE: 
If you see a fire call 999

Amble Fire Station is a retained service and is located in a new purpose built station on the Coquet Enterprise Park (NE65 0PE) on the outskirts of Amble

Telephone - 01665 714026
Emergencies – 999

Ambulance_crestAMBULANCE:

Call 999

The North East Ambulance Service is based in Newcastle and covers the Amble area. They have over 600 paramedics, 140 advanced technicians and 200 emergency care support workers (or ECSW) on their front line  and a fleet of over 500 emergency vehicles operating from 51 ambulance stations and 12 stand-by points throughout the county - including the Amble area.


COASTGUARD:
Amble Coastguard Station is located in a purpose built property located on Leazes Street adjacent to the Lifeboat Station.  

The Coastguard Rescue Service carries out a number of important roles:

They carry out coastal search and rescue including cliff, mud, search and water rescue operations;

Provide incident attendance and on-scene co-ordination;

Provide mobile communications including relay and remote radio site operations;

Report and identify presence of pollution and other hazardous objects e.g. chemicals and WW1 and WW11 ordnance (e.g. mines) on shore to the MRCC;

Carry out duties on behalf of, and as required by, the Receiver of Wreck;

Carry out coastal and inshore surveillance in relation to coastal erosion etc;

They also assist local authorities and other emergency services when requested and approved by line management in relation to counter pollution, flood relief, missing person searches and other emergencies as a Category One Responder.

If you see an emergency please phone 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

LINKS FOR TIDES AND WEATHER

Click here for Amble Tide Times
Gives details of high and low tides and sunrise/sunset.

Click here for the Met Office website
For shipping forecasts, inshore forecasts and other marine information.

Note:  The sites above are given for information only and HMCG cannot be held responsible for any of the information provided by those providers.  Also, HMCG cannot recommend any particular sites and there are numerous other sites that provide tide and weather details.



History of Amble Coastguard

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Role & Responsibility

Her Majesty’s Coastguard (HMCG) is an integral part of the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) which is an executive agency within the Department for Transport.

The MCA’s vision is to be a world class organisation that is committed to preventing loss of life, continuously improving maritime safety and protecting the environment.

The MCA’s response to emergencies is undertaken by Her Majesty’s Coastguard which is responsible for the initiation and co-ordination of civil maritime search and rescue within the United Kingdom Search and Rescue Region.  This includes the mobilisation, organisation and tasking of adequate resources (e.g. RNLI, RAF, Royal Navy, CG helicopters and Coastguard Rescue Teams) to respond to persons either in distress at sea or to persons at risk of injury or death on the cliffs or shoreline of the United Kingdom including certain designated inland waters e.g. Lake District.

HMCG is a “Blue Light” emergency service and if anyone should have any concerns about anything they have seen on the sea or shoreline they should on land dial 999 and ask for the coastguard or if at sea contact the coastguard on marine radio Channel 16 (the international maritime distress frequency).

HMCG is organised into a number of SAR (Search and Rescue) areas each under the command of a Coastal Safety Manager.  Each area contains two Maritime Co-ordination Centres (MRCC), with a common command, control and communications system enabling either MRCC to provide mutual support during emergency response operations.  Each area is divided into three or more Sectors and each Sector contains two or more rescue teams manned by the Volunteer Coastguard Rescue Service (CRS).  The rescue teams in each Sector are managed by a full time Coastguard Officer known as the Sector Manager and each rescue team is supervised locally by a Station Officer who is an experienced volunteer member of the team.

 The Coastguard Rescue Service

The Coastguard Rescue Service (CRS) is an organisation of Coastguard Rescue Teams (CRT’s) that are positioned at strategic locations around the coast.  Each CRT is equipped to deal with incidents appropriate to the risks associated with local coastal terrain and local shoreline activities and conditions.  All CRT’s have a search capability and in addition, many have a cliff and/or mud rescue capability.  Each CRT has an initial response capability for investigation, surveillance and reporting purposes but in some locations where no CRT exists, small teams known as Initial Response Teams (IRT) have been established to provide initial response.   

The Coastguard Rescue Service is made up of men and women known as Coastguard Rescue Officers (CRO’s) who have independent full time jobs in all walks of life, who, like the RNLI, are volunteers on page 24/7, 365 days per year and who give up their spare time to assist others injured or in danger on the coast and at sea and also take part in a varied training programme covering most aspects of Search and Rescue e.g. Search (LANDSAR) techniques, Planning and Incident Control, Rope Rescue, Mud Rescue, Communications, First Aid, Water Rescue etc. 

 Amble Coastguard Rescue Team

The team consists of twelve volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officers who are all trained in search and rescue techniques and with some of them also trained up as technicians and/or operators as part of the Amble Sector Coastguard Rope Rescue Team South.  The team are based in Coquet Street, Amble (next to the Boatyard) and are equipped with a 4 wheel drive Coastguard Rescue Vehicle that carries all the equipment required for the team to carry out their Search and Rescue Role.  The rope rescue equipment that may be required for certain incidents, is located at our North flanking station, Howick Coastguard.

 Early History of Amble Coastguard

Earliest records on file show that a brigade of coastguards was located at Amble as far back as 1858.

The first coastguard officers were located in the Old Coastguard Cottages overlooking the Little Shore.  The cottage nearest the sea at the landward end of the South Breakwater had a boathouse where a rowing boat was housed.  Remains of the boat ramp into the Little Shore can still be seen.  It is understood that this was used prior to a lifeboat being introduced by the Royal National Lifeboat Institute and was manned by the coastguard officers.

The equipment for the coastguards at this time was housed in a stone built cart shed.  This was located in an area about 200 metres to the South of an area known locally as the “Rocket Hill”.

In here was kept a cart which carried a heavy hawser and a heath jackstay for the breeches buoy.  Horses for the cart were provided by a Mr. Douglas of Bondicarr Farm at the time.

This team situated on the South of the Coquet was known as the “Heavy Brigade” and was alerted by means of three mortar maroons that were fired from a wooden box sunk into the sand – hence the name “The Rocket Hill”. 

The Original heavy brigade cart shed was sold to the then Amble Urban District Council on 11 November 1958.

Eight years after the station had been built on the South side of the river, it was recognised that there was a need for rescue equipment on the North side of the River Coquet.  Therefore, in 1866, a “Light Brigade” was set up at a housing station on the North side of the river in a location approximately opposite the marina.

The “Light Brigade” carried lighter whips and they were enhanced to a heavy heath jackstay team in 1934.  Their callout was by way of four mortar maroons.  Horses for the team on the North side were provided by Mr. Johnstone of Northfield Farm.

The station on the North side was closed down on 22 August 1952 about the same time as the closure of the RAF Search and Rescue base that was also situated on the North Side to recover pilots downed in the North Sea during the Second World War.

Today Amble Coastguard Station is located in a purpose built property located on Leazes Street adjacent to the Lifeboat Station.
 
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