Originally Posted by Mikeallenuk
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.
CHC are asking for expressions of interest if any one fancies a role in the new organisation.
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