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Could you save lives at sea? Meet one of Cromer RNLI’s newest recruits who is helping do just that

PUBLISHED: 14:28 24 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:28 24 October 2018

Reis Khalil is a new recruit at Cromer Lifeboat Station. Picture: CROMER RNLI

Reis Khalil is a new recruit at Cromer Lifeboat Station. Picture: CROMER RNLI

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Cromer RNLI has a long history of locals joining the crew and being available to man the lifeboats whenever they are needed.

This doesn’t mean that people who live outside the town cannot join, every prospective crew member can speak to the lifeboats operation manager (LOM) about how they can help the station.

Increasingly the role is changing and crew join either one of two support positions as either ‘shore’ or ‘boat’ crew.

Initially a new recruit is a shore crew member and learns about personal safety, well being, boat layout, etc.

Once they are proficient in these areas then crew are taught about the equipment on the boats and within the boathouse.

Safety is paramount in the RNLI and a handbook for crew gives them support when they are being assessed.

A ‘buddy’ system is part of the way of life at a lifeboat station, so that longer serving crew can pass on tips and give help to new entrants.

One of our new recruits, Reis Khalil, is a local person, whose parents are also well known in the town.

Reis has given some thoughts as to being part of Cromer RNLI.

Profile of a new recruit

Name

Reis Khalil

Role

Inshore lifeboat/all-weather lifeboat (ILB\ALB) crew.

In the future I am hoping to get further training on operating the lifeboats.

Already I have been to RNLI College in Poole twice on courses.

The RNLI have a very good training system in place and encourage all crew to attend and receive first class support in our roles.

Profession

I began working at the Grove in March 2015 and I am now head chef.

I devise new seasonal menus using local produce and can respond to ‘shouts’ rapidly.

My boss, Richard Graveling, supports the RNLI and always lets me attend as soon as my pager goes off.

It’s a bit like running a kitchen, everyone has a role to follow to make sure things are done safely and professionally.

Years RNLI service

Since 2016.

Why did I volunteer?

My dad is a member of the fire service and had always told me about their professionalism, whilst being part of a big family.

I felt reassured that similarly the RNLI had my back if I got into trouble, so I thought it only right to give something back when the time was right, so I came down to the boathouse and have never looked back.

Cromer RNLI station has been able to accommodate my work shifts, so it shows you don’t need to be sitting on the edge of the sofa waiting for the pager with no time for social or family life.

Step out your comfort zone, learn new skills and get the adrenaline pumping, join the team!

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