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Old 13 December 2010, 14:00   #21
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Well it all worries me....

More and more reliance on charities to do what in essence is a government responsibility to look after our coasts....
They won't be replaced by charities - they will be private contractors. Don't get them mixed up with the Air Ambulances etc, who are mostly all charities (I think).

Looking on the bright side, if the RNLI wasn't a charity, they would have had to suffer the cuts as well......
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I've never heard the Royal Bank of Scotland described as that...
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We have just had South Today news tell us it is anticipated 500 jobs will go and 18 stations down to 9 and only three of them are going to be 24hrs a day.

I guess volunteer groups could be busier and needing more money to run
A bit of a nightmare really,

Putting considerable additional pressure on small units.

also the CG's do ambulance taskings as well....
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They won't be replaced by charities - they will be private contractors. Don't get them mixed up with the Air Ambulances etc, who are mostly all charities (I think).

Looking on the bright side, if the RNLI wasn't a charity, they would have had to suffer the cuts as well......
Agreed, re the charities, i was thinking about the mobile units that patrol and do the shore obs.
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Looking on the bright side, if the RNLI wasn't a charity, they would have had to suffer the cuts as well......

Maybe the RNLI will take over the MCA too !!!
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Maybe the RNLI will take over the MCA too !!!
Don't give them ideas!!!!
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Dont forget in some areas there is the National coastwatch charity that do a lot of good work in some areas with regards to keeping a look out/ watch .
utilising some of the look out towers and old buildings that the MCA left behind when they closed down the local ones and moved to the larger sectors
http://www.nci.org.uk/.
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Maybe the RNLI will take over the MCA too !!!
Grape vine is the tendered for the SAR contract but didn't get it - I can see a conflict of interest if they went for the MRSC one - should it come up.

Any one that has been lifted by Solent or Portland in the last year or so has been lifted by CHC birds. It will mean a 24 hour service with the most up to date kit and electronics that a pilot can have to hand.

I also have no issues with the MRSC plans - if I take the personnel out of my mind as I grew up with half the Portland team

AN MRSC is a call centre. People with a knowledge of the sea trained to use specific equipment - this could be handled anywhere - with the Fire Control plans to join up different counties then this isn't a surprise. If you'e in the brown stuff do you really care if it's a local MRSC or one 200 miles away that answers and sends assistance.

Answers is the key word.

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CHC Helicopters, through its membership in the Soteria* consortium, has won preferred bidder status on a 25-year contract to provide comprehensive search and rescue (SAR) services and military aircrew SAR training to the UK government, securing CHC’s place as the largest supplier of civilian SAR services in the world.

CHC Helicopters, through the Soteria consortium, is now working with UK government to negotiate the final details of the contract prior to signature. The contract will commence in 2012.

While CHC Helicopters is not yet actively recruiting for positions within the new SAR group, we are happy for you to express interest in the upcoming opportunities. The roles that may be available include Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, Pilots, Winch Operators, Winchmen, various support and business leadership roles. If you are interested, please apply online, providing your resume and an overview of the area that would be of interest to you.

Please note that while we appreciate your interest, we do not expect to begin the hiring process until the Autumn of 2010. At that point, we will begin to reach out to those qualified for the roles that are opened. Sorry, no phone calls please!

-Further detail on the program-
As a member of the Soteria consortium, CHC’s role will be providing all helicopter operations support, including facilities and crew, to service 11,000 km of coastline and 3.6 million sq km of sea, from 12 bases spread from Culdrose in the south of England to Sumburgh in Northern Scotland.

As part of the SAR-H program, CHC will completely transition UK SAR to a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter fleet, allowing the innovative use of new technology platforms, featuring the latest and best rescue equipment. CHC will also focus on maintaining its safety record which has an accident rate half that of major international airlines and one third of other major operators in the region. Dedicated, highly-trained, professional crews will be ready to respond to any incident in all kind of weathers, 24 hours per day, every day of the contract.

Based in Vancouver, Canada, CHC is the world’s largest commercial provider of offshore helicopter services. With a fleet of more than 270 aircraft operating in 30 countries, CHC is also a leader in transportation servicing the offshore oil-and-gas industry.

* Soteria was formed to take part in the competitive process led by the Ministry of Defence (MOD)/Department For Transport (DfT) and Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to create a single helicopter SAR entity in the UK. The four members of Soteria include: CHC Helicopters, the world’s largest supplier of helicopter services; Thales, the UK Ministry of Defence’s second-largest defence electronics systems supplier; Sikorsky Helicopters, supplier of the S-92 helicopter; and the Royal Bank of Scotland, one of the world's largest financial services groups serving over 40 million customers worldwide
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AN MRSC is a call centre. People with a knowledge of the sea trained to use specific equipment - this could be handled anywhere - with the Fire Control plans to join up different counties then this isn't a surprise. If you'e in the brown stuff do you really care if it's a local MRSC or one 200 miles away that answers and sends assistance.
I'd prefer a local one that has knowledge of the sea and knowledge of the area that they provide cover for!
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I'd prefer a local one that has knowledge of the sea and knowledge of the area that they provide cover for!
I would second that too
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