The volunteer crew gave up 20 hours over a two week period at the end of November to undertake the RNLI’s unique casualty care course with an instructor from the RNLI College in Poole. Instead of a traditional first aid syllabus focused on diagnosis, the check card based system is based on what the crew member sees and therefore knows – a symptom driven approach.
After an intensive two weeks involving theory sessions, practical scenarios and two written exam papers, the crew passed the course which is not only approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) but is also recognised by the College of Paramedics, the Anaesthetic, Trauma and Critical Care Group and the Royal College of Surgeons.
But casualty care isn’t the only skill which the crew have been working on in recent months. In addition to weekly training on the lifeboat, several of the crew have attended week long courses at the RNLI College in Poole, taking advantage of its world class training facilities. In late September, three crew members successfully completed the RNLI’s search and rescue navigation course. This course teaches the techniques to search for and locate a casualty through a combination of theory sessions and practical scenarios both afloat in one of the RNLI’s training vessels and in the College’s simulator. Two other members of the crew also attended the College in the autumn, successfully passing the Approved Engineering Certificate. Over the winter, members of the crew will also be studying for their Day Skipper qualification with Second Coxswain James Fairbairns who is a fully qualified RYA Instructor.
Lifeboat Operations Manager, Ian Stevens said: ‘The winter months tend to be quieter in terms of shouts for Tobermory. However, there is no let up for the volunteer crew who continue to give up their time to ensure that they are fully trained to carry out their roles on the lifeboat. And whilst the shouts may have tailed off, they are still ready to respond to their pagers should the need arise 24/7 whatever the weather.’
Notes to editors
The photographs show Volunteer Crew Robin Harrowsmith in the orange basket stretcher during a practical scenario and full time Coxswain Andrew McHaffie in a Neil Robertson stretcher designed to extract casualties from confined spaces. Please credit RNLI/Sam Jones.
In 2013, the Tobermory crew has carried out 39 rescues. Full statistics will be available in early 2014.
Further information about the RNLI College may be found at www.rnli.org/college. A video about the College’s mission bridge simulator may be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa2UKOa5j3U
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