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Old 28 March 2005, 16:18   #1
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Oi Ginger coastie !!

Or any other coasty type person. I need a question answered please . Do the UK coastguard give their people "special training" to drive on road when using blue lights and sirens ? I had a near miss with the Irish coatguards (toss**s) driving the 4x4 to an incident. I was on my motorbike and the toss*r nearly cleaved me out of it !. It now transpires that they get no training at all for emergency car or 4x4 driving.
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Old 28 March 2005, 16:58   #2
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St. Johns Ambulance drivers get no training for driving with blue lights either.
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Old 29 March 2005, 04:08   #3
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Our drivers get no extra training for driving under blues & twos. They are expected to drive normally, not exceeding speed limits etc...
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Old 29 March 2005, 04:33   #4
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Our drivers get no extra training for driving under blues & twos. They are expected to drive normally, not exceeding speed limits etc...

I suspect thats what Dublin will tell me as well Not very good when the "red mist " rises in their eyes !
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St. Johns Ambulance drivers get no training for driving with blue lights either.
Nor do the Red Cross!
Scary as hell ain't it!!

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Old 29 March 2005, 07:04   #6
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St. Johns Ambulance drivers get no training for driving with blue lights either.
A friend of mine works for St John's and has a high speed driving course in May. Could be just cos its Guernsey and we're loaded , but it is a UK course...
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A friend of mine works for St John's and has a high speed driving course in May. Could be just cos its Guernsey and we're loaded , but it is a UK course...
I don't know if it's obligatory for some St Johns groups, they've made it obligatory since my last information, or if they just happen to run an optional course! When I was doing SJA, the guy that drove their ambulance hadn't done any course of any description.

Ah well.
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A friend of mine works for St John's and has a high speed driving course in May. Could be just cos its Guernsey and we're loaded , but it is a UK course...
He is a lucky man then
Most get taken out by a driving instructor watched for 30mins, if he or she is happy with the level you get to drive on blues and two's.

Some of us in the VAS think its awful really.

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Old 29 March 2005, 10:23   #9
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He is a lucky man then
Most get taken out by a driving instructor watched for 30mins, if he or she is happy with the level you get to drive on blues and two's.

Some of us in the VAS think its awful really.

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John I'm with you on this. Having been trained by police instructors here I have a different perspective on other road users. I have emailed the head of the Irish coastguard last night but no response yet. I am surprised by the response to this thread from you guy's, thanks for all your comments.
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IMHO I think it is is laughable to allow someone who trains 17-18 year olds to pass their driving test to say yes or no to someone driving on blue lights!!

Only people who should be allowed to do this are driver trainers within the emergency services.

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