Posted: Thu 10th Aug 2023

Flint lifeboat volunteers complete intensive emergency training course at RNLI college in Poole

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Aug 10th, 2023


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Five volunteers from Flint RNLI have recently travelled to the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, to undertake the charity’s Crew Emergency Procedures Course.

The training is an essential part of the development and readiness of RNLI volunteers, ensuring that they are prepared to face the array of challenges that may arise at sea.

The two-day intensive course included training in handling fires aboard lifeboats, how to ‘abandon ship’ in an emergency with a dramatic 4-meter jump into water, team survival swimming, coping in a life-raft in simulated darkness, righting a capsised inshore lifeboat, and understanding the importance of lifejackets.

The course also encompassed sessions on the correct use of flares, fire extinguishers, and throw bags.

Reflecting on the experience, Crew Member Erin Brown said:

“The training provided at the College is first class. I enjoyed working as part of a team with crew members from other lifeboat stations and learning how to keep myself and others safe in an emergency situation.”

The feedback from the volunteers was echoed by Laura Catherall-Jones, Lifeboat Training Coordinator, who expressed her delight at the success of the course:

“I’m delighted that our volunteer’s visit to the RNLI college was enjoyable and informative. The course gives volunteers the confidence to save lives even in the most challenging conditions.”

The Flint RNLI volunteers’ commitment to enhancing their life-saving skills reflects the broader dedication of the organisation.

The intensive training will undoubtedly contribute to their effectiveness and readiness to respond to emergencies at sea, reinforcing the RNLI’s crucial role in maritime safety.

Since 2018 Flint RNLI has launched 79 times, saving three lives and aiding a further 19 people.

For those interested in joining the efforts of the Flint RNLI as volunteers, the organisation encourages inquiries at [email protected].

[Photo: RNLI]

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