Originally Posted by hector
Havener is it ex or serving fire service personnel you use for the swift waterstuff? With regard to blue light journeys i know the coast guard can run blue lights but have to proceed at normal road speeds! does the same apply to you?
OK, at the risk of getting the matches under the fingernails, I'll talk
Our response parameters are set by our contracting authority - for example one police force we work for we run fully blues and twos but normally they will arrange an escort for us, usually a bike if they can find one running (sorry lads, you know who you are lol). We qualify under as being "used for police purposes" and that covers us. To be honest, I very rarely worry about the speed limits because towing faster than road conditions doesn't come into it - running blues has a "rabbit in headlights" effect on most drivers so they are used sparingly, mostly in town traffic to get us UP to the giddy heights of 30mph, not over.
Some of our team are ex fire service, although that doesn't give much advantage to be honest, water rescue is still new to them so there isn't a vast pool of hugely experienced water rescuers. We have some ex LB crew, and all are retrained anyway every two years.