We currently have an active fleet of over 100 rescue vessels that are used for a wide range of call-outs – from JetRIBs for surf and inshore rescues to our new 14.8 m Offshore Rescue Craft (ORC) that can respond to emergencies far out to sea. On base, we make use of ATVs and quad bikes to access casualties quickly, and our bases’ 4x4 vehicles operate on a rotational fleet system, which means they are all less than four years old.
We also undertake significant remodelling to extend base structures to accommodate additional or larger rescue craft. With each remodelling, rebuild or new build, we conform to the latest legislation regarding energy use, which allows us to install rainwater harvesting systems and proper wastewater management, for example. While energy consumption is relatively low at our rescue bases, we still aim to ensure the buildings are as energy efficient and environmentally friendly as possible.
Our greatest asset is our crew, and to ensure their safety at all times, we use various tracking systems to monitor the location of assets and crew. Crew safety is a priority.
The NSRI continues to develop its visibility and agility by training more sea-going and lifeguard crews, enhancing our fleet, and extending our station footprint across South Africa.
“The NSRI currently has 44 bases (and growing) around South Africa’s 3 000km coastline including 5 inland dams. It’s our business to save lives on South African waters and to do so, we equip our volunteer crew with the safest vessels and most up-to-date equipment.”