Launch Vehicle Training
Four of Newbiggin's volunteers spend an intensive two days training on the station launch vehicle.
Over the two days Mark Perry, RNLI Machinery Trainer, put the group through various training aspects looking at both the theory side as well as the more intense practical side. The four volunteers were set various challenges on the beach as well as actual launch and recovery processes.
The role of the Tractor Driver is to take charge of the launch vehicle and rig during the launch and recovery of the ILB (Inshore Lifeboat) for services and exercises under the direction of the Head Launcher or Helmsman; to maintain competence under Competency Based Training (CoBT); and to contribute to the operational efficiency of the station, lifeboats and equipment. It is a vital role because the lifeboat cannot launch without a tractor driver and they are a vital part of the operational team.
Prior to assessment they will continue with supervised training at station and once they become qualified in the role the resilience of the shorecrew will be further developed.
RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or email@example.com or Jim Rice Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789
If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local websites.
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, in a normal year, 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.