Kent RNLI Education Team at Dreamland
This past week, I have been at Dreamland Margate, assisting the RNLI Kent Educational Team, at the Safety In Action event. Safety In Action is part of an interactive learning experience for over 700 Year 6 children from Thanet, to help them gain vital safety lessons before their move to secondary school. This is organised and run by a company called Salus and involves a whole host of different agencies.
On the Monday, whilst I was helping the team to set up the stand, my RNLI pager suddenly sprang into life, singing out its distintive high pitched tone, summoning me to the Lifeboat Station for a ‘service call’.. The message displayed on the pager screen indicated ‘ALB Immediate Readiness’. This means that the All-Weather Boat was required to be launched. I pedallled quickly to the station on my bike, which I had strategically positioned close to our stand for a quick getaway. I arrived at the Lifeboat station in good time, quickly changing into my yellow wellies, hardhat with ear protection, lifejacket and grabbing the tractor key. Whilst I was doing this, I learnt from the Coxswain’s briefing that the All Weather Boat (ALB) was launching to a large buoy that was drifting into a shipping lane. The full Lifeboat Press Officer’s Report can be read here.
After carrying out my essential safety checks and liaising with the Headlauncher and Coxswain, I manoeuvred the tractor carefully pushing the Mersey class lifeboat out of the boathouse and down the slipway, launching her into the sea. After returning to the boathouse, I got myself back to help the crew at the Safety In Action event.
Organisations involved in Safety In Action
The organisations involved included:
Kent Police, British Transport Police, Kent Fire & Rescue Service, Kent County Council, Kenward Trust, NHS (School Nurse Team), Hopkins, Headstart Kent, Margate Task Force and Kent County Council Early Help.
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The RNLI Education Team have 10 minutes to talk with a small group of children about safety around the coast and beach. After the 10 minutes is up, the group of children move onto another stand where they receive a different topic of interest eg railway safety or fire safety etc. The young people we met with were really interested and enthusiastic in learning about sea safety. We wish you the best of luck in your transition to your new schools in September and thank you for visiting our stand.