Originally Posted by Polwart
Certainly for that money someone needs to be taking a look at whether we need all those AWBs with the type of shout they usually get these days, and the increased use of Helo's for significantly offshore stuff etc, as well as the increased range and capability of the Atlantic 85s over the original 21s.
All RNLI stations and boats have what is called a Coastal revue every 5 years or so that evaluate each station and what type of boat or other life saving means can or cannot be be utilised ,eg hovercraft /lifeguards.
the revue is usually formed from existing paid staff rnli inspecters ect and the institutions committe of management still a volountry role as far as i am aware and .
if a station needs to be closed for operational reasons then it will close ,
eg Teesmouth AWL had a new lifeboat station built at a cost of £400,000 only to close 18 months later ,
the public outcry that followed and investigation also involving local mps and the like came to nothing as well as the station been located on the 3rd buisiest port in the uk ,
,reason ,, Hartlepoole 4 miles to the north had a new faster Awl boat and Redcar had an atlantic 75 ,,3 miles down the coast ,
The institutions view on things are that if we are taking money from joe public it has to be spent wisely and what it is given for ,,Saving of life at sea ,
Teesmouth building has no operational lifeboat as such but is used now for training of lifegurds and flood rescue teams so they are covered by that .nothings to say that in the future it could be reinstated if the need arises
on the other hand new stations may be formed if there has been an increase loss of life ,,a brand new station has just been formed in scotland this month ,
Thames lifeboats came to fruition after the Marchoness/Bowbell incident when 55 youngsters lost their lives .
with the regards on maintainence about 6 months ago it was decided that the regular maintainence /refits can now be extended to a much longer time scale say every 3 years to 5 years owing to improved design and materials .
regards to stations full/part time paid mechanics boats ,engines and equipment have now become more complex than the double ended 8 knot boats of 20 years ago .
most mechanics started out volounteering as crew before taking up the post in most cases.
if anyones intrested have a look at the jobs section for both voluntry and paid staff .
one miff that i have is the statement ,,the rnli,,,, IS The charity ,,that saves lives at sea ,
,well theres a good few other indipendent lifeboat/rescue boats up and down our coast doing the same thing and for them its hand to mouth regards funding .
lastly dont give grief to the old guy stood with the collecting bucket on lifeboat day in the pouring rain ,,hes a volounteer and not a paid clipboard sales Droid.