Three volunteer DLA's (deputy launching authorities) appointed at Dungeness RNLI
As we celebrate International Woman’s Day today, it has been announced by the RNLI that three ladies have been appointed as volunteer DLA’s (deputy launching authorities) to join the team at Dungeness RNLI.
The ladies will be given training by the RNLI and will be on call 24/7 with our other DLA and our LOM (lifeboat operations manager). The role of a DLA is to authorise the launch of the lifeboat, provide leadership in the absence of the lifeboat operations manager or as delegated, and to ensure that all operational activities are carried out to maintain the lifeboats and all associated equipment in a constant state of readiness for launching on service.
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