With only a week until the arrival of the new Leverburgh Lifeboat, branch volunteers are busier than ever with their training and preparation works.
Training has been undertaken in a variety of aspects, all of which will stand the crew members in good stead in their respective roles.
One aspect, in which volunteers were trained at the beginning of the month, was the correct and safe use of the new RNLI lifejackets.
Training required crew members to enter the water at Leverburgh pier, wearing both lifejackets and dry-suits, and then demonstrate competence in the inflation of their lifejackets, and the ability to safely return to shore.
The RNLI are currently undertaking a programme whereby all stations have been, or will be kitted out with these new state-of-the-art lifejackets in the coming months.
It is hoped that the Scottish roll-out will be followed by a programme that will see every RNLI station in the UK and Ireland having the new lifejackets during 2012.
The new lifejacket has zipped pockets for casualty care kit, torches, gloves or knives, and a spray hood to protect against sea spray.
For a full update on the preparations see this week’s Stornoway Gazette out on Thursday, April 26th.