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Join the Team at Kinghorn Lifeboat Station

Lifeboats News Release

Have you ever thought about volunteering at your local lifeboat station? Kinghorn RNLI is looking for new volunteers for operational roles, including tractor drivers and boat crew.

Kinghorn lifeboat and tractor and trailer during launch

Kirsty McLachlan

Kinghorn lifeboat and tractor and trailer during launch

The station will be holding information events over the coming weeks where you can speak to existing volunteers and find out more.

The station is particularly keen to strengthen the shore crew team and is looking for new volunteers to drive the launching tractor. You do not need any existing knowledge or experience. The RNLI will provide all necessary training for each role; tractor drivers will require a full UK driving licence.

Lifeboat Operations Manager, Joanne Wibberley, said, ‘Kinghorn is one of the busiest stations in Scotland, covering much of the Fife and Edinburgh coastline, and we are looking for more operational volunteers who live in Kinghorn to join the team.

‘We need to bolster our team of tractor drivers. This is an essential role as without tractor drivers the boat cannot get afloat for training and callouts.

‘No experience is needed as there is a comprehensive training programme offered – less than 10% of RNLI volunteers have a professional maritime background - and this often stands you in good stead for employment and other parts of your life.

‘You need to be physically fit and enjoy a challenge!

‘We have information events arranged where people can come along and find more about volunteering from existing personnel. The first event will be on Sunday 1st April between 10am and 12.30pm. Alternatively, the team meets on a Monday evening for training and would be delighted to meet you.

‘This is a great opportunity to join a world-leading organisation, learn new skills, and enjoy great team spirt!’

If you would like further information, or cannot make it to one of our events, please visit our Facebook page, or email join@kinghorn.org.uk

Notes to editors

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Neil Chalmers, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07767 380274 or press.officer@kinghorn.org.uk or Henry Weaver henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk or Gemma McDonald on 01738 642956 gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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