The role of NCI Runton is to provide a vital observational presence, watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along our coast line, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility.
NCI Runton lookout station will provide a team of fully trained watchkeepers to watch over the cliffs, beach and sea area visible from the lookout - approximately 120 square miles of sea area, to report incidents to the relevant authorities and help search and rescue organisations with visual sightings and local knowledge. Watchkeepers not only provide routine surveillance they are also trained to act in emergency situations and at the request of HM Coastguard to assist the RNLI and other Emergency Services during search and rescue operations.
The lookout is equipped with up to date radio, radar and AIS equipment to compliment the visual aspect of our work and a full library of books containing all the information needed to run a fully efficient and vigilant station. There is a chart table with up to date charts, where we are able to plot bearings and distances, as well as being able to give correct latitude and longitude positions of any incident taking place and report these to the relevant authorities. Other aspects of our work involve keeping a log of all shipping, boating, divers, surfers and fishermen,maintaining regular weather records and recording any incidents seen from the station. This can all be invaluable information should a problem arise.
At NCI Runton we promote an equal opportunities policy as set out within the NCI recruitment guidelines. We believe that people have the right to participate fully in their local community and to have access to various opportunities. If you are intersted in being a volunteer watchkeeper at NCI Runton then visit the Volunteer at Runton page.