Nicole Fleming, Louise Whiteman and Emily Hague, from Anstruther, recently travelled to the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, to complete the charity’s Crew Emergency Procedures course Sponsored by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation.
The course provides training in a variety of crucial subjects such as how to deal with fires aboard lifeboats, how to ‘abandon ship’ in the event of an emergency (with a 4 m jump into water), team survival swimming, coping in a life-raft in simulated darkness, how to right a capsized inshore lifeboat, and the importance of life-jackets. It also includes sessions on the correct use of flares, fire extinguishers and throw bags.
The Lloyds Foundation has committed to funding the RNLI’s Crew Emergency Procedures course for a second 5-year period until December 2020. Their total support for RNLI crew training to just over £2.46M since 2008. More than 3,000 RNLI volunteer crew members have now received the training thanks to Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s funding.