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£1M training fund helps Girvan lifesavers learn vital skills

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Training Saves Lives

The four lads from Girvan during their Sea Survival part of their training

RNLI/James Smerdon

Four of Girvan lifeboats volunteer crew at the training college

Some of our newer volunteer crew members at Girvan RNLI lifeboat station have had a vital part of their crew training funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

Alan Jeans, Robert Mcllwraith, Alan Mchallum and James Hamilton from Girvan recently travelled to the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, to complete the charity’s Crew Emergency Procedures course. The lads were inspired to join up as a volunteer crew members last year, and worked very hard training getting up to speed on not one lifeboat but both our old Mersey and new Shannon in a very short timeframe, and are a shining example of the commitment required sometimes as lifeboat crew.

Talking about the training and facilities crewmember Jamie Hamilton said “We all Felt really welcome, the atmosphere was good and the training was very professional. Such a credit to the Rnli to have the best people working with them, in order to train us and pass on their knowledge, we have gained alot in our short time at the training college” This was echoed by Alan McHallum saying “ The facilities were amazing , the trainers delivered the best help and guidance by relating all the training to real world situations” And finally summed up by Alan Jeans “Training was top quality, tough but brilliant"

The course sees volunteer crew being trained in a variety of crucial subjects such as how to ‘abandon ship’ with a 4m jump into water, team survival swimming, coping in a liferaft in simulated darkness, how to right a capsized inshore lifeboat, and the importance of lifejackets. It also covers emergency fire theory such as how to deal with fires aboard lifeboats, and practical sessions on the correct use of flares, fire extinguishers and throw bags.

Training took place in the Sea Survival Centre at the charity’s college in Poole, which includes a 25m wave-generating survival tank, allowing trainees to experience first-hand some of the scenarios they may encounter at sea should they ever need to abandon their lifeboat.

The training was funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charitable foundation that helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research. The Foundation is committed to funding the RNLI’s Crew Emergency Procedures course for a second 5-year period until December 2020. This additional funding of £1.06M will bring their total support for RNLI crew training to just over £2.46M*.

David Knaggs, Lifesaving Delivery Training Manager at the RNLI said, ‘We are so grateful to Lloyd’s Register Foundation for choosing to fund this vital part of our volunteer crews’ training.

Their support is hugely important to us, and it’s fantastic how many of our crew have so far been able to benefit from Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s support of their training. This training is crucial in helping keep our volunteers as safe as possible whilst carrying out rescues. It gives volunteers the confidence to save lives even in the most difficult conditions.’

This donation is the latest in Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s relationship with the RNLI, which was recognised in 2010 when it received the Group Supporter Award from HRH Prince Michael of Kent in recognition of its valuable support of the charity.

Notes to Editors
● *Lloyd’s Register Foundation donated £1M to the RNLI over 5 years from 2010–2015; and £400K over 2 years from 2008–2009, taking over the obligations of the Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust in 2013.
● Lloyd’s Register Foundation have supported the training of over 3000 volunteer crew members for the RNLI

About Lloyd's Register Foundation
Lloyd’s Register Foundation is a charitable foundation which helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research. www.lrfoundation.org.uk

Photos:Credit James Emerson (RNLI)

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