All aboard for Dunbar lifeboat open day – your lifeboat station needs you

Dunbar lifeboat station is holding a recruitment open day next weekend looking for new volunteers.

The idea of the June 14 event is to encourage people to find out more about how the station operates and highlight the volunteering opportunities.

Station fund raising convener Veronica Davies says anyone with an interest in lifeboats is most welcome to attend.

“It is amazing the number of people who are involved in one way or another in keeping the station going. There are volunteering opportunities on all levels from helping out for a few hours on a fete day to undergoing the intensive training offered by the RNLI and becoming a member of the crew.

“There will be existing volunteers on hand between 12 and 4pm on the Sunday to explain their roles and give an insight into how the station works.”

Dunbar RNLI lifeboat coxswain Gary Fairbairn and members of the crews of both the All Weather Lifeboat and the inshore boat will be on hand to tell potential volunteers about the training on offer.

Gary said: “We are hoping to find some recruits for the ILB team – ideally people living and working in Dunbar and available for call outs day and night.

“The great thing about the RNLI is the training is superb and even people with no seagoing experience can become valuable members of the team.

“Some of the most senior crew members had very little boat experience before joining the station and we are very supportive of newcomers and do all we can to help them become qualified and valued. All roles in the station are open equally to men and women.”

The open day is at the lifeboat station on the Victoria Harbour between 12 and 4 on Sunday June 14.