RNLI Lifeboat team are looking for new Launch & Recovery Vehicle Drivers. Have you got what it takes to join?

Imagine for a moment that you are part of the RNLI team at Weston-super-Mare. It’s 2.30am on a freezing January morning and the pager’s just woken you from a deep sleep in your snug warm bed. A casualty is in difficulty 3 miles out to sea. Your swift and professional reaction to the pager is imperative to ensure the lifeboats launch on service, quickly and safely, in an effort to save a life.

You head to the station to assist launching the charity’s two inshore lifeboats. You are a Launch and Recovery Vehicle Driver, trained to operate a range of RNLI equipment safely, in a challenging environment and in all weathers and tidal situations. You safely move the lifeboats to the water’s edge where a strong gale force wind whips up a rough sea around you as you drive into the water, using all the skills you have learnt during your training.

Being part of a lifeboat station crew is a major commitment.

Your commitment isn’t only measured in the time spent involved in rescues. Increasingly, new equipment means that regular training also accounts for much of your spare time.

You may also be asked to show visitors around the station or help with local fundraising events for example.

If you are looking for a volunteer role that doesn’t involve going afloat on a lifeboat then this opportunity may be for you. We are currently recruiting for two Volunteer Launch and Recovery Vehicle Drivers to join the RNLI crew at Weston-super-Mare lifeboat station. The successful applicants will first join the Shore-Crew and develop into a driver role with training and experience.

Desirable attributes for the role include the following:

  • age 45 to 60
  • be a team player and be accepted by the rest of the crew
  • be able to obey instructions
  • get on well with other people
  • able to communicate easily
  • be fit and healthy and enjoy physical hard work
  • have B & E classes on your driving licence
  • interest/experience in driving large vehicles with trailers
  • willing to commit to regular weekly training
  • willing to carry an emergency response pager and be available to respond on most weekdays and at night
  • live (and work) within a maximum of a 10-minute drive from the lifeboat station at Marine Lake in Weston-super-Mare

For further information about the role and for an application form, email Deputy Launching Authority Cai Budd at: cai_budd@rnli.org.uk

Closing Date 15th February 2020

You can find out more about the work we do in Weston at our website www.westonrnli.co.uk and on our facebook page @rnliwsm.

Further information about the RNLI can be found at www.rnli.org.uk