over 2 years ago
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. We provide, on call, a 24 hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, and a seasonal lifeguard service. With our lifeboats, lifeguards, safety messages and flood rescue we are committed to saving more lives.
An inshore lifeboat (ILB) station was established at Rhu Pier in 1965 by the RNLI when a D class lifeboat was put on station. This lifeboat was provided by the Helensburgh Ladies Lifeboat Guild who were founded in 1952. A significant number of improvements have been made in recent years and in 1997 a larger more modern boathouse was built, providing improved crew facilities and housing for the larger B class Atlantic 75 lifeboat which is currently on station.
The RNLI’s Lifeboat Station in Helensburgh is looking for volunteers to join the existing team in the role of Inshore Lifeboat Crew. The Lifeboat Crew are all volunteers, headed up by the Lifeboat Operations Manager and Deputy Launching Authorities. In addition to volunteer crew members the station is also looking to recruit a small number of shore crew and also community safety volunteers to support the station's community safety officer. All boat and shore crew follow the RNLI’s national Competency Based Training Scheme and respond to pagers when there is a request to launch the lifeboat. Typically, the lifeboat at Helensburgh is launched within 8 minutes of pager activation. The wider team includes volunteer fundraisers and a community safety advisor.
The role of ILB Crew is to undertake and maintain Competency Based Training as necessary to fulfil the role of crew member, to be on call for lifeboat ‘shouts’, to attend exercises and to contribute to the overall upkeep of the station, lifeboat and equipment.
This is a good opportunity to join a motivated and enthusiastic local team and have the satisfaction of contributing to saving lives at sea.
If you are a team player with good general fitness and the ability to learn new skills this could be the role for you. No previous maritime experience is needed and you must live or work within 3 miles of the lifeboat station.
The stepping down age for this role is 55 years of age and the RNLI would hope to achieve 3 years' volunteering service therefore, applicants should be between 17 and 51 years of age – this allows 1 years' training before achieving full competency. Applicants must also hold a driving licence and have some form of motorised transport.
For more information or to apply for the role, please visit https://volunteering.rnli.org/vacancy/volunteer-crew-ilb-helensburgh-argyll-and-bute-275127.html