NSRI reels in award

2017-06-27 06:01
The NSRI Kommetjie crew, who were awarded as the Most Improved NSRI Station at a recent awards ceremony.

The NSRI Kommetjie crew, who were awarded as the Most Improved NSRI Station at a recent awards ceremony.

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The Kommetjie National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) station has been awarded as the Most Improved Station for 2016.

The award was given at a recent NSRI annual meeting and awards ceremony.

Kommetjie station commander Ian Kloppers says the award means a lot to his team.

“It is a goal that we had set out to achieve about 18 months ago. Achieving a goal like this brings a lot of pride to the crew as well as excitement in planning our next goal which will be Rigid Inflatable Boat Station of the Year,” he says.

“The Kommetjie station has not been in the running for this award in the past based on a variety of reasons. The crews decided to put their back into their roles and have pulled together extremely well.”

The team had to put in a lot of hard work to achieve the award, Kloppers says.

“We had to strip everything down to the basics and press the reset button. We spent particular attention on our station management structures, financial management, asset management, crew standards and training, junior development projects, community awareness and interaction,” he explains.

Last year, the crew celebrated the opening of their new base in Van Imhoff Way.

The new two-storey building boasts a control room, medical room and training centre (“New rescue boathouse”, People’s Post, 19 May 2015).

The building will also have room for the car tractor, boat, jetski and quad bike.

The new building has seen a number of new volunteers wanting to join and has allowed the station to expand, Kloppers says.

However, the crew has grown in more ways than just the new station, says Kloppers.

“The physical building has had a major influence on station morale,” he says. “Having said that, the biggest morale boost came from within the crews themselves with an exceptionally strong team spirit, pride in our brand and pride in our new station.”

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