Julian wrote:magdar wrote:Dont even think about state involvement in our lifeboats. The red tape would degrade and dilute the service.
Most mountain rescue is carried out by self funded volunteer organisations and Government funded SAR services are suffering from cuts. Rescue 177 based at Prestwick have three cabs but usually only one crew on station. The yougest of the three Seakings is now over 30 years old. I am told that service and training budgets have also been slashed.
I think this is a fair indication of what would become our lifeboats given Government involvment.
I do hope when your house has turned into the largest bbq in the UK you turn away the retained firemen as they are diluted and rubbish.
I hope disagreeing with the forum zeitgeist does not bar me from flying a bluemoment burgee, I know we are meant to agree on everything, sorry.
only back from holidays and read this.
I simply said, that I think, Government involvment in our Lifeboats, would degrade and dilute the service.
NO mention of any service being RUBBISH??
I only say this through personal experience in my local area.
BTW, if you are ever unfortunate enough to need any assistance at sea in the Larne area, you may find our boat crewed by more than one of the aforementioned firemen!