All RNLI lifeboat stations rely on a team of volunteers to make sure that the lifeboats are ready and able to launch at a moment's notice.

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Supporting the crew

In addition to the crew, it takes many more volunteers to run a lifeboat station effectively.

  • The lifeboat operations manager is in charge of authorising launches and day-to-day station management.
  • The lifeboat press officer produces press releases and promotes the station’s activity in local and regional media.
  • And the lifeboat medical adviser performs the crew's medicals and gives first aid and scenario training.

Both St Helier and St Catherine's lifeboat stations have shoreside volunteers who form an essential part of the launch process.

Roles which typically form part of the shoreside team include:

  • Deputy Launch Authority
  • Station Mechanic
  • Tractor driver/launcher
  • Shore crew

More information about each can be found on the main RNLI website.



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