What we are looking for:
GAFIRS are looking for people who have the time and commitment to volunteer towards an independent charity which saves lives locally. We are specifically looking for people who would be willing to engage in operational activities such as Coxswain, Lifeboat Crew and Shore Crew. We are not just looking for time commitment, we are looking for those who can work within our team following our shared behaviours and values such as integrity, honesty, tact and communication skills.
For operational roles, we require those who can commit to at least 16 hours a month through combined duties, training and meetings. Although not compulsory, we are recruiting for members who live or work within 10 minutes of the station and can respond to pager activations by HM Coastguard. These requirements are different for those who wish to volunteer in support roles such as fundraising, engineering, educational work or logistical support.
The training phase takes several months and can be very time-consuming. There is an expectation that candidates will commit to attend all of the training course dates they are given.
To provide a safe and effective emergency service, it is important that we are fit and healthy to serve and rescue the public in potential physically and mentally challenging conditions. Although we accept applications from all and can discuss conditions on a case by case basis, we are unlikely to accept anyone who is diagnosed with, or previously has had, any of the conditions described under the “Medical Exclusions’ on the right.
GAFIRS has three levels of membership:
Full Operational Membership
Open to adults (17yrs+) Who are interested in supporting the organisation with its operational commitments and activities.
Open to youths (14yrs – 17yrs) who are interest in learning BCU canoe lifeguard skills, RLSS Lifeguarding.
Open to anyone not in the above catagories, this generally encompasses those that wish to assist on fundraising events.
How to Join
If you would like to become a member of GAFIRS, please email lifeboat @ gafirs . org . uk to obtain a membership form and Disclosure and Barring Service form both of which must be completed before an application can be accepted.
GAFIRS welcomes membership applications from any interested person. Any skills, even if they may not seem relevant, can always be put to good use. Drop in a for an informal visit and chat about the organisation.