Walmer RNLI volunteers successfully complete casualty care training

Lifeboats News Release

11 volunteer crew undertook the intensive three-day training over the weekend, 30 September to 2 October. In addition, a further volunteer attended and was successful in the same course two weeks earlier.

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

The specialised course, run by RNLI Casualty Care Trainer Trevor Stevens, is intended to enable crew to enhance their lifesaving skills at sea. It provides a focused, hands-on treatment approach enabling them to triage, support and care for casualties and quickly decide which may require rapid evacuation for professional medical assistance, and those which are less urgent, in an operational environment.

During the training each participant had to pass both a written and a practical scenario to demonstrate their individual skill. At the end of the course all crew took part in final practical scenarios where teams of casualty carers treated multiple casualties.

The RNLI provides a bespoke training programme which involves the use of check cards which is the envy of all the emergency services. This course is a unique way to offer the chance to ordinary people to deliver an extraordinary outcome. Casualty care is a crucial link in the search and rescue chain of survival that allows lifeboat crews to save lives at sea. Casualties have to be treated and kept alive often in a sometimes unforgiving and hostile environment until the casualty can be handed into the care of the emergency services colleagues.

Walmer’s Operations manager Denis Brophy thanked the crew for giving up three days of their time to attend the course. ‘It demonstrates your commitment to the station and the Institution. I was proud when Trevor announced that you all had passed and the feedback that you had enjoyed the course with a great trainer was good to hear.’


Notes to editors

Walmer lifeboat station was established in 1856.

It currently operates two inshore lifeboats – a B Class Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan and a smaller D Class Duggie Rodbard II.

Crews have received 28 Awards for Gallantry

To find out more about Walmer lifeboat station go to https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/walmer-lifeboat-station

Photo 1 Walmer volunteers on successful completion of the course. Photo courtesy Andrew Howland.

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