Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat Station looking for new shore crew

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The Lough Derg RNLI station is seeking to recruit new volunteer shore crew to join their lifesaving operation.

The station is looking for volunteers to take up the roles of Deputy Launching Authority, Inshore Lifeboat Mechanic and Tractor Driver.

Shore crew have a central role in securing the safety of the lifeboat and the men and women launching their craft to rescue those in peril on the water.

They ensure the successful and smooth operations of the RNLI’s lifesaving work within the station.

The role of Deputy Launching Authority is central to operations within all RNLI lifeboat stations, as this volunteer initiates the launch of the lifeboat when requested by the Coast Guard.

Once the decision to launch is made, crew pagers are activated and both lifeboat crew and shore crew immediately travel to the station to attend to the call out.

The Inshore Lifeboat Mechanic works alongside the current Station Mechanic to maintain all Search and Rescue equipment, the boats, other vehicles, and personal lifesaving equipment.

To enable the mechanic to fulfil his/her role, the RNLI provides all training and support up to a competence level through the charity’s Competency Based Training.

A new parts of operations on Lough Derg will be the operation of a Tractor & Trailer to conduct haul outs as part of the planned maintenance programme.

The role of the Tractor Driver is to take charge of the launch vehicle and rig during the launch and recovery of the Inshore Lifeboat.

For this position, the volunteer will maintain their competence through the RNLI’s Competency Based Training.

More details and application forms for the role of Deputy Launching Authority, the Inshore Lifeboat Mechanic, and the Tractor Driver can be found at the links provided.

The Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat Station, located at Dromineer, is responsible for protecting people on the water, in a lake that sees a lot of boat traffic from Galway, Tipperary, and Clare.