Firefighters visit Exmouth RNLI lifeboat station to learn about saving lives at sea

PUBLISHED: 08:30 11 February 2018

Devon and Somerset Fire Service�s newest wholetime firefighters visited Exmouth lifeboat station gain insights that could help save lives. Picture by Devon and Somerset Fire Service.

Devon and Somerset Fire Service�s newest wholetime firefighters visited Exmouth lifeboat station gain insights that could help save lives. Picture by Devon and Somerset Fire Service.

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“It’s important for our firefighters to understand the skills, training and equipment of other emergency services so we can all work together to prevent loss of lives in our area. By the end of the visit, we had all gained valuable insight about saving lives at sea,” said Dan Searle, of Devon and Somerset Fire Service.

Exmouth Lifeboat Sstation Mechanic, Andy Stott, talking to firefighters about the capabilities of the Shannon class lifeboat in the engine space. Picture by Devon and Somerset Fire Service. Exmouth Lifeboat Sstation Mechanic, Andy Stott, talking to firefighters about the capabilities of the Shannon class lifeboat in the engine space. Picture by Devon and Somerset Fire Service.

A recent collaboration between Exmouth lifeboat crew and firefighters aimed to save lives at sea.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s newest wholetime firefighters visited Exmouth lifeboat station, on January 23, to gain better understanding about the roles of RNLI volunteers and their lifesaving equipment.

ExmouthLifeboat Station's shore crew volunteer, Neil Cannon, showing firefighters the Shannon lifeboat launching system. Picture by Devon and Somerset Fire Service. ExmouthLifeboat Station's shore crew volunteer, Neil Cannon, showing firefighters the Shannon lifeboat launching system. Picture by Devon and Somerset Fire Service.

Volunteers and staff gave informative talks on the station’s lifeboats and their launching systems.

Firefighters also learned about virtual reality goggles used at events to highlight the dangers from factors causing road traffic collisions and cold water shock.

Exmouth Lifeboat Station crew volunteer, Roger Moore, showing  firefighters inshore lifeboat equipment. Picture by Devon and Somerset Fire Service. Exmouth Lifeboat Station crew volunteer, Roger Moore, showing firefighters inshore lifeboat equipment. Picture by Devon and Somerset Fire Service.

Dan Searle, of Devon and Somerset Fire Service, said: “We appreciated the time volunteers gave up to talk to us about various aspects of their lifesaving kit, the importance of teamwork, technical competence as well as search and rescue.

“It’s important for our firefighters to understand the skills, training and equipment of other emergency services so we can all work together to prevent loss of lives in our area.”

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