Recognition from RNLI for Arbroath employer

Lifeboats News Release

Local employer, AGR Automation Limited, has today (23rd December) received a certificate award from Arbroath RNLI in appreciation for their continued support of the local lifeboat service.

Craig Dickson of AGR Automation being presented with the certificate of appreciation from Alex Smith, Michael Marr and Sam Clow of Arbroath RNLI.

RNLI/Michael Marr

Certificate presentation with (left to right) Michael Marr (RNLI), Sam Clow (RNLI), Alex Smith (RNLI) and Craig Dickson (AGR)

The award is recognition for the understanding and support offered in respect of their employee, Michael Marr, who is an RNLI Coxswain at Arbroath lifeboat station.

During some well documented issues at Arbroath lifeboat station the availability of senior crew was impacted, however at a time when Michael had only recently started his employment at AGR the company offered him the flexibility to ensure he had the time to complete training, respond to ‘shouts’ and to fulfil the RNLI commitment to save lives at sea.

This continuing support of Michael to respond to his pager at any time of day has proved invaluable to the RNLI, with 2019 being one of Arbroath lifeboat station’s busiest years.

Craig Dickson, General Manager of AGR Automation Ltd, when presented with the appreciation award from Alex Smith and Sam Clow of Arbroath RNLI, said ‘it is a great honour and a pleasure to support the fantastic work the Arbroath lifeboat crew provide. The commitment and effort all the volunteers at the lifeboat station in Arbroath is fantastic and the service they offer to the community in and around Arbroath is second to none.’

Alex Smith, lifeboat operations manager at Arbroath RNLI added ‘the commitment that our volunteer crews demonstrate around the country is often acknowledged, but there is always a whole framework of support behind each and every crew member, including employers, family and friends.

We are extremely grateful to Craig and all at AGR Automation for their ongoing support of Michael and the RNLI, particularly during what was a difficult period for us at Arbroath, and as an organisation we felt it was appropriate to recognise their contribution with the certificate award as a way of saying thank you.’

Alex continued, ‘whilst we did experience some challenging times here at Arbroath, we are delighted to put these behind us and can look forward to bright future with the fantastic crew we now have in place and can continue our work looking after those who go to sea around our shores.’

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