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Man the lifeboats! Call for helpers at Lyme RNLI
THE RNLI Lifeboat Station in Lyme Regis is seeking two more volunteers to play a vital role in running the life-saving service.
Based on the Cobb, the charity is looking for more Deputy Launching Authorities (DLA) to join the team to help with the management and administration of the station.
Two of the current DLAs have left after retiring and moving away from the area, resulting in the openings being created.
Grahame Forshaw, lifeboat operations manager for Lyme Regis, said: “The main role of the DLA is to affirm with the coastguards that the launching of the lifeboat is necessary, and to liaise with the crew on missions. It is a very important role and we are looking for two, preferably three, Deputy Launching Authorities to join the team. The sort of qualities we seek are a steady hand and a calming influence.
“We are not necessarily looking for people with a great deal of nautical experience, but someone with a lot of management experience and somebody who is good with people, both the people they will be working with and the general public.”
Deputy Laun-ching Authorities are the first point of contact for coastguards, and they receive a briefing when the coastguards make a request for the lifeboat to be launched.
The DLA will take the details of the emergency while the crew will react to their pagers and rush to the lifeboat station.
They also act as deputies to the lifeboat operations manager and are also responsible for administrative tasks such as completing returns of service and conducting de-brief sessions after a mission.
John Dover, one of the current DLAs, said: “The DLA is a critical link in the chain which can, of course, involve life or death situations. It is both a challenging and rewarding role.”
For details email g.forshaw@w est-dorset-dc.gov.uk
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