Casualty Care Course successfully completed at RNLI Longhope
Ten volunteer crew members attend intensive first aid training at lifeboat station.
For seven evenings last week, ten volunteer crew members from Longhope lifeboat diligently attended the RNLI Casualty Care Course at the lifeboat station. It was a big undertaking for the crew members, many having to juggle their work and family commitments in order to attend this demanding period of instruction.
This advanced training in first aid was led by Paul Castle from the RNLI college in Poole. By successfully completing this course, with written and practical assessments, the crew will now be able to offer and apply a very high standard of medical care to rescued casualties.
Volunteer crew member Dr. Christine Bradshaw said: 'I thought the crew did exceptionally well, it was a steep learning curve particularly for the younger members, who performed with distinction.'
It is reassuring to know that when our lifeboat is called out to a rescue there are crew members aboard that now have this high standard of training and if necessary, the skills to save lives at sea. Congratulations to you all and many thanks to Paul for his excellent tuition and guidance.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.