8th September 2019. The volunteer watchkeepers from the National Coastwatch station at Rame Head have undertaken training on the use of their new defibrillator.

 On Wednesday 4th September, thirteen watch keepers from NCI Rame Head attended a training evening on CPR and the use of a defibrillator. Rame Head, like many NCI stations, is at a very remote location, and having recently had a community defibrillator installed on the wall of the station, a training evening was offered to anyone interested. It was carried out by two members of Dartmoor Search and Rescue group, to whom the team at Rame Head were grateful. All those attending found it extremely valuable, and in the hopefully rare event of needing the defibrillator, all felt confident that they could potentially make a difference and possibly save a life.

Rame Head Station Manager Colin Scott said “This was not part of our official training, and not obligatory for any watch keeper, as the Defibrillator is a ‘Community Asset’, however the feedback from those attending was very positive, and when word spreads about how user friendly these units are, further sessions may well be held”.

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Currently 56 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.








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