All Coast Rescue Teams are having their paraluminaires withdrawn by the end of the year.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!