You have made some very very valid points JK.
Noddy, if these other boats and crews were not up to scratch the HMGC would not use them as a rescue resource.
They would just be ignored and the boats would never be turned out.
HMGC do use them and do activate them.
They are a welcome and vital resource.
As some have said, its not important who aids you just as long as the aid gets to you in time.
I would rather any rescue crew than a well meaning WAFI!!!
We here give them the same deal on kit as the RNLI and always will while I sit in this chair.
Having been involed in the VAS (Voluntry Aid Societies) for well over 20 years I know how they get treated by the full timers!!
I have worked along side my regualr mates in the ambulance service many times, we are needed and required.
That why the "Ambulance Reserve" now exists.
Bit like Specials by regular Plod!!!
Retains by regular Trumpton!!!
The main difference here is that all crew are volunteers.
Just all IMHO.