Leverburgh RNLI lifeboat station has put out a shout for new crew members, ready to sign up for lifesaving work within their own community.
RNLI Leverburgh is home to the Stella and Humfery Berkley, a Shannon-class lifeboat – the latest all-weather lifeboat design to join the RNLI fleet. Agile and manoeuverable, she is capable of a top speed of 25-knots as she races to assist those in trouble at sea.
Volunteer crew members help prevent the loss of life at sea. They learn new skills that enhance their CV and gain the satisfaction of playing a part in the community in which they serve.
All of the crew members are volunteers, and many will say that it’s a way of life and will testify that you get out what you put in. Given the nature of life-boating, the pager can go off at any time of the day or night, so there are unsociable hours.
The role of ALB Crew is to undertake and maintain training as necessary, to be on call for lifeboat ‘shouts’, to attend exercises and to contribute to the overall upkeep of the station, lifeboats and equipment.
RNLI Leverburgh is also looking for a new Deputy Launch Authority (DLA), whose role is to authorise launch of the lifeboats and provide leadership in the absence of the Lifeboat Operations Manager. They also need to ensure that all operational activities are carried out, to maintain the lifeboats and equipment in a constant state of readiness for launch.
Volunteers should live or work within a reasonable distance of Leverburgh RNLI lifeboat station and have the capacity and availability to commit to training. Their personal circumstances or compassionate employer should allow them to respond to service calls and they should have a driving licence and access to a vehicle. The age range is between 17 and 65 and previous maritime experience is not essential.
Picture: The RNLI Leverburgh team invite you to come and join them (RNLI Leverburgh).