Heading the whole operational side of the station is the Lifeboat Operations Manager, LOM. This position is currently held by Philip Missen MBE. He is responsible for the management of all operational volunteers including the safety and training standards, maintenance of the station and all the equipment including the lifeboat and launching tractor. He is also the person that communicates with RNLI Divisional Inspectors and RNLI Headquarters in Poole. The role most people associate the LOM with is that of the head ‘launch authority’ following a request from coastguards for the lifeboat to launch to an incident.
Assisting the LOM, especially in his absence, and following a request to launch by coastguards, there are 4 Deputy Launch Authority (DLA) personnel at Porthcawl. As with the case of the LOM it is their responsibility to authorise a launch based on the information passed via the coastguards and in particular taking into account local wind force, sea conditions and the safety of lifeboat and crew.
The RNLI policy for inshore lifeboats is that crew retire at age 55 and in Porthcawl the LOM and each of the DLAs are all retired crew members and therefore have experience of the sea and tidal conditions in the area.
There are also additional ‘management roles’ within the operational side and these are, Station Treasurer (ST), Lifeboat Press Officer (LPO), Sea Safety Officer (SSO), and Lifeboat Training Coordinator (LTC). In Porthcawl the LPO is also a DLA; the SSO is also a member of the Shore Helpers group and the LTC is a crew member too.
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