Sshhhh! Quiet down and listen in… for an interview with Frankline Lauria

June 10, 2016 in Member Interviews

FranklineLaureaThere are two kinds of EFRU members. There is the boisterous kind – those that make themselves heard before they are seen, whose sparks set the team’s fuel alight and those that sprinkle every EFRU meeting with a dash of spicy osé. Then there are those of the other kind: the quieter few who are constantly pumping the fuel in without too much fuss.  Frankline Lauria, 27, resides in Rabat and hails from the latter group.

Allow me to clarify.

In addition to being married and to her full-time employment as a lab analyst, Frankline is one of the busiest but most active members of the Unit. Her gentle attitudes are by no means a sign of weakness and she is far from workshy despite her constantly-calm and composed stance. She has been part of EFRU for just over two years and has, since Day One, never stopped contributing to our cause. Like many others in the team, she has given her time, her efforts and her knowledge to the benefit of the Unit but unlike most, she has so far managed to remain largely under the radar. My intention is to change that now, right here, in this little interview!

When you approach Frankline you’re likely to be greeted with a little smile and a lot of charm. You’d barely hear her response (rest assured she won’t wake your babies up!) but you can almost count on it: she’s probably saying yes. If not, she’s probably apologising and giving you the valid reason for which she is saying no. What’s interesting is that her husband, Fabien, is also a member of EFRU and was in fact responsible for encouraging Frankline and urging her to join the team. One can only imagine the dedication they offer towards the Unit as a couple. Yet Frankline’s interests do not meet their end with rescue and first aid. When asked what she likes to do outside of EFRU, in her free time, she mentions ‘reading and outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, picnics and enjoying the countryside.’

One of Frankline’s crucial roles in the Unit is teaching First Aid to people outside the organisation – the task she favours most amongst all her contributions. Her science background is undoubtedly an asset and perhaps explains her aptitude in First-Aid-related tasks, be it that of an instructor or that of a responder.  Nevertheless, she enjoys being part of all types of training. She states that rescue training is what she considers the most informative, with so much to learn and for the opportunity it gives to our rescuers to improve their life skills. Interestingly, she also mentions social activities as a favourite aspect of the. This is where fellow members can meet up and get to know each other outside the strict training environment. For those who wonder what it means for a couple to be married and a committed member of the EFRU, Frankline puts it in simple words:

‘It’s a matter of priorities and some sacrifice too. Giving up some our free time at the weekend to be part of a great team to learn and teach is very rewarding and this is what keeps us coming. Sometimes because of work and family life commitments it is difficult but the team support is great and this helps us to feel part of the EFRU family even when we’ve been away for some time.’

Even when I ask whether the couple intends to keep committing to EFRU later in their married life, Frankline confesses that her wish is to keep up her role in the organisation even as her family starts growing. She actually intends to get more involved! In her own words: ‘Being part of EFRU, makes me proud and I would like to transmit this to others (even non-members) to encourage them to join and be part of this great team.’ The time comes for my last question: what is so good about EFRU and which would make it different from other organisations? Inevitably she comments on the great teamwork, and I daresay no one would disagree!

If I am allowed one admission, I’d confess I have yet to get to know Frankline better. But the last couple of years which gave me the fortune of her acquaintance have shown me enough to make one unwavering declaration. Like her fellow other-kind colleagues, Frankline adopts the low-profile approach, keeping her voice down and her sleeves up as she works happily in silence to make the EFRU a better place than she found it. She’s held as testimony to the serious commitment by people who have no interest in joy-rides and who seek more than just the adventure element in the things they commit to.

A few of us out there stand to watch and learn.

Iona Muscat

EFRU Volunteer & Rescuer