RNLI volunteers in Porthcawl gain more skills in time for 50th anniversary

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VOLUNTEERS for Porthcawl’s RNLI have welcomed in 2015 by gaining even more lifesaving skills just in time for the charity’s 50th anniversary.

Lifeboat volunteers attended the Porthcawl station and passed the RNLI’s Casualty Care course run by staff instructor Grant Walkey from the institution’s Poole headquarters.

To gain the valuable qualification, the 13 candidates attended 24 hours of training over a two-week period.

Mr Walkey said: “The course focuses on effective hands-on treatment rather than complex theory or diagnosis, and empowers rescuers to confidently treat casualties.

“Maritime search and rescue (SAR) medicine is a specialised field and the RNLI now has an unique bespoke course that prepares lifeboat crew to manage the situations that are encountered in the operational environment.

“During the training each attendee has to pass both a written and a practical scenario to demonstrate their individual skills.

“Attendees here at Porthcawl have been amazing in their approach to the learning process and highly skilled in its application.” The RNLI states that casualty care is a crucial link in the SAR chain of survival that allows lifeboat crews to save lives at sea. Casualties have to be treated and kept alive often in an unforgiving hostile environment, frequently isolated from assistance until the casualty can be handed over to professional help.

Porthcawl Lifeboat operations manager Philip Missen said: “This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our station opening and this is a great start to our special year.

“We are indebted to the dedication and commitment to training shown by our volunteers and congratulate each attendee in passing this intense course.

“I have been encouraged also by the high standard of training delivered by the RNLI and Grant in particular, feedback from the crew told me that it had been a most interesting and testing couple of weeks.

“Besides the theory element, Grant provided realistic practical scenarios allowing crew to demonstrate their skills in dealing with illnesses, severe injury, completing CPR and safely evacuating casualties.”

Rebecca Jones/ rebecca.jones@swwmedia.co.uk / @jonesrebeccaj

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