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Old 04 November 2008, 07:49   #11
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Hopefully the coastguard has enough common sense not to do that then...
One would hope not. But then, one might assume that an RNLI crew wouldn't lose a 3 million quid boat pulling an unmanned rib off rocks on Rathlin (as that would be a salvage operation, not a rescue).
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Old 04 November 2008, 09:16   #12
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Well yes and no, moorland can burn spectacularly well after a few weeks of dry weather - ask any Grouse-fondler!

I've never heard of a land based rescue using magnesium flares, the report suggests it's uncommon. Water based Rescue will continue to use flares if required.

I think this is a storm in a teacup.
We used them when I was with the Brecon mountain rescue. And the army use them in the Beacons as well. Not a lot to burn up there and it's never exactly dry.............
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We used them when I was with the Brecon mountain rescue. And the army use them in the Beacons as well. Not a lot to burn up there and it's never exactly dry.............
Can't see Health & Safety wresting too much firepower from the Army! They're TRAINED to kill people
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Well, anything based on a newspaper article as its only source probably doesn't give the full story.

I can't find anything on the MCA web site, but this article suggests that it's possible that there just may be more to it: http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/home...l/article.html

Has anyone got any more info on it?

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John,

All Coast Rescue Teams are having their paraluminaires withdrawn by the end of the year. CG boats will retain their normal flare packs.

These lighting flares ARE used a lot - maybe not in Spring Place accountant's terms, but on a dark night they can light up large areas of beach, marsh, sea or coast as well as providing reassurance for a casualty that help is on the way.

If they're so dangerous, how come the sector managers are disposing of them by...er...firing them off?

Someone commented earlier along the lines of it doesn't matter as it only applies to land rescues - slightly incorrect, as land based rescue is what coast rescue teams do.

The rubbish about torches, night vision etc is just that - rubbish. There is more chance of me tap dancing naked on the moon that there is of Spring Place issuing night vision gear to CRTs.

Yet another decision from the padded rooms at Spring Palace, without reference to either experience, fact, need or talking to the people who do the job.

And as for helicopter lighting support, well, how is that more cost effective, and anyway, they can't even specify a helo that can switch its lights on without blowing all its fuses!
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