[Tagging] Defining amenity=coast_guard

Andrew Harvey andrew.harvey4 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 30 23:48:57 UTC 2020

On Tue, 1 Dec 2020 at 09:23, Graeme Fitzpatrick <graemefitz1 at gmail.com>

> On Mon, 30 Nov 2020 at 23:29, Mateusz Konieczny via Tagging <
> tagging at openstreetmap.org> wrote:
>> I run into https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:amenity%3Dcoast_guard
>> and despite that I have basically zero experience with such objects
>> I am pretty sure that this description (and an old proposal) has a
>> problematic definition
> Yep.
> Of a lot of interest to me, because I'm a member of a volunteer Marine
> Rescue ("Coast Guard") unit.
> I remember this being discussed previously with the same dilemma - Coast
> Guard means different things in different places, from an armed military
> force (that also has a rescue function) to a strictly volunteer Marine
> Rescue unit, with no official powers of any sort.
> Maybe the existing amenity=coast_guard & emergency =coast_guard tags both
> need to be deprecated in favour of two new tags:
> landuse=military + military=coast_guard: Base for a military /
> para-military force intended for protection of a country's coastal waters
> against enemy military forces, smugglers, terrorists etc, & which usually
> also has a marine rescue function. eg United States Coast Guard, Australian
> Border Force (& others). This would render as the standard military area; &
> emergency=marine_rescue: Base for a group, frequently non-Government /
> volunteer only, dedicated to the rescue of vessels / sailors at sea. eg
> British RNLI, Australian Volunteer Coast Guard, Volunteer Marine Rescue (&
> others). A good render would be a simple "SOS"! Alternatively, these could
> be mapped under the existing amenity=rescue_station tag, but that tag
> itself should come under the emergency= heading.
> There's currently about 150 x amenity=coast_guard, & only ~25 x
> emergency=coast_guard, tags in use, so not a major problem to go through &
> correct them. There are a *lot* more rescue bases that should be tagged
> though, in the order of 300 in Australia alone!

100% agree.
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