Originally Posted by Matt-V-SAR
ummm is this not also a comment from a "high horse" aswell?
Don't think so Matt, I was merely pointing out to the person concerned that I do have some experience to make the comments I make, rather than having no knowledge which his "out of depth" comment implied.
I notice you have a certain agenda towards us, perhaps with 20+ years SAR experience you have you should be more supportive of SAR organisations??
just a thought..
No agenda at all Matt. As I have said many times, seemingly typed in invisible ink, I am thoroughly supportive of the direction in life organisations such as yours can give.
What must be clear though, is that the UK has, through the UK SAR structure, a clear definition of how teams should work and the channels of tasking and operation. To have others involved outside this structure can only cause confusion and may well lead to those with On Scene Command or Search Mission Coordinator roles to be unsure of what is happening on the ground. I am pleased you work with an MOU with the police, and this is to be commended. The bare fact though is that your marine operations, although well intentioned and I am sure well trained are not within the formal UK structure. This is not a criticism, it is the way things are.
You have my respect for the training you do, for the role you seek in helping people, and for the helping hand your organisation gives to its members and others. But, and this is an important point in my view, the best and safest SAR operations are those conducted within the structure that exists.
Please do keep doing what you do, but please also recognise the difference between your valuable, but "additional facility" status, and those operating to more rigourous commitments and standards.