You're invited! Duddon Inshore Rescue Open Day

Duddon Inshore Rescue based in Askam-in-Furness to hold official opening of their new training facility and are inviting everyone to have a look around and see their base and equipment. 

Duddon Inshore Rescue was formed by a group of volunteers in 1969 after a number of deaths in the Duddon Estuary highlighted the need for a Lifeboat search and rescue team in the area. 

Although equipment may have changed the crew have a reliance on the same basics as they did at the first launch back in 1969. Crew still rely on a tractor to tow the boat and trailer to the water, providing a facility to launch in all weathers and at high or low tide. The tractor has even been used for recovering vehicles stranded on the sands. Quad bikes ensure incidents on the sands can be reached in a quick and effective manner and a mobile unit means crew can reach incidents further afield and carry more equipment.

In 2017 one of the most important structural developments occurred as the boathouse was upgraded with the addition of a training room for volunteer/crew training, school groups and incident management. This extension would not have been possible without Arthur Kay who, as a friend of one of the founding members Bernard McNamee, bequeathed money to the organisation. The training room being one of Bernard’s visions for the future.

The new training suite has been named the Bernard McNamee MBE Training Suite in his memory and the crew at Duddon Inshore Rescue would like to invite members of the public to the official opening of the training suite on Saturday 21st October. The official opening will occur at 11:15am with the boathouse being open to visitors between 11am and 4pm at Sharp Street, Askam. New risk assessments for the upgraded building will also be presented by Will Bartlett from Accounting4Safety.

The official opening will be followed by the opportunity for members of the public to look around the boathouse and training room seeing equipment, learning a little more about the organisation and meeting crew. Phil Newton from IJJA Training Solutions has kindly donated a resuscitation doll and training defibrillator for the day so visitors can try CPR and see how to use a defib.

There will also be cakes and refreshments available throughout the day.

Relying almost solely on donations and fundraising, Duddon Inshore Rescue would not exist without the generosity of the public and the time given by its volunteer crew so this is a fantastic opportunity to open the doors to the public and show a mark of respect for Bernard;  who gave so much to the organisation during his years of service. The training room has now provided a lasting legacy for years to come.

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