Towyn club provide community defibrillator at Rhyl RNLI lifeboat station
The trustees of Brown's Club in Towyn (Abergele) have long been valued supporters of Rhyl lifeboat station, providing jumpers, shirts etc, to the crew in previous years.
Dave Jones, Club secretary contacted Martin Jones, Rhyl lifeboat coxswain, asking how the club could help the station this year, the topic came round to providing a defibrillator for community use on the outside of the station.
Martin therefore contacted Leigh Clayton, Community First responder team manager (and ex-crew) as to how to obtain and set the wheels in motion to provide the equipment.
Within a few weeks, the unit was fitted to the station external wall alongside the shop, and was put online on Sunday 9 July 2017. Leigh Clayton also has been able to provide spares and maintenance of the unit should it be necessary.
The defibrillator is for public use, and when someone dials 999 for the ambulance, they will quote the unit reference number and be given a code to unlock the case. The unit is very intuitive and can be operated by anyone, even with no experience of first aid.
Dave Jones says ' The trustees are delighted that the money we raised with various fundraising efforts over the past year, has resulted in helping our local lifeboat charity and the community in general'
Martin Jones says ' Our volunteers are really grateful to Browns Club, and we hope the special relationship we have with the club will continue for many years'
Leigh Clayton added 'The first responders team from Rhyl and Prestatyn are delighted that this unit is now on stream, and hope this will enable our members to deliver good casualty care to the people on Rhyl promenade'.
As the teams were preparing for the photo call, the inshore lifeboat was called out to persons swimming out at Splash Point Rhyl, to retrieve two life rings. On scene the lifeboat found the people had returned to the shore, so the life rings were recovered and handed to local coastguard volunteers when they returned to station.
The first picture shows the trustees of Browns camp with the defibrillator; The second picture shows the position of the new defibrillator on the lifeboat station; and the third picture shows L-R Rhyl first responders; Browns trustees and Rhyl crew and supporters
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 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.