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Could you be a lifesaver? Blackpool RNLI is looking for new recruits

Lifeboats News Release

The team at Blackpool RNLI is calling for new volunteers to help them save lives at sea by becoming Inshore Lifeboat Crew.

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Blackpool RNLI lifeboat station is home to three inshore lifeboats that responded to 150 emergencies last year. The lifeboats are launched and operated by a dedicated and committed team of volunteers who are responsible for the station, its three lifeboats and launch and recovery vehicles.

A spokesperson for the team said ‘We can only keep people safe thanks to our amazing volunteers – and we’d love you to join our team. We are looking for dedicated and committed volunteers to join the RNLI at Blackpool Lifeboat Station as inshore lifeboat crew.

As part of our team you’ll help us provide a professional search and rescue service and save lives on the Fylde Coast. You’ll meet new people, join a motivated and enthusiastic team, learn new skills and make a real difference in your community.

If you are able to work well and build positive relationships with a diverse team, have good general fitness, the ability to learn new skills and can commit to attending call outs and training this could be the role for you. No previous maritime experience is needed.

Come along to one of our recruitment open events to find out all about the role of inshore lifeboat crew, learn about the station and meet the crew. Please come along even if you have already applied and would like to find out further information.

We are looking forward to receiving applications from volunteers who are able to provide cover day or night, but we would particularly welcome applications from volunteers who are available during the day.’

David Warburton, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager for Blackpool Lifeboat, added:

‘We are really looking forward to welcoming new volunteers to our team at Blackpool RNLI. Our charity couldn’t function without the help of our selfless and hardworking volunteers.

Saving lives at sea as a member of our diverse and dedicated team is incredibly rewarding and I would encourage anyone considering a new challenge to apply or, if you’d like to learn more about volunteering as an RNLI crewmember, just pop along to one of our recruitment events.’

Please visit RNLI Blackpool Facebook page for more information or apply for the position via https://volunteering.rnli.org/vacancy/volunteer-ilb-crew-blackpool-529218.html

Recruitment open events

Location: RNLI Blackpool Lifeboat Station, Blackpool Promenade

Sunday 2nd July – 2pm to 5pm

Tuesday 4th July – 6pm – 9pm




Notes to editors

· Blackpool RNLI Station was established by the institution in 1864

· The station is home to one B-Class Atlantic 85 and two D-Class inshore Lifeboats

· The RNLI saves lives at sea - only made possible by our volunteers. Powered primarily by kind donations, our search and rescue service has been saving lives for nearly 200 years

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone

Simon Hoole, RNLI volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07843 411233 or [email protected]

Steve Fitzgerald, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07308 255949 or [email protected]

Regional Media Officer on 07468 353082 or [email protected] or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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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.

RNLI/Simon Hoole

RNLI/Simon Hoole

RNLI/Simon Hoole

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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

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