Did anyone actually ring the police and ask if they need help?
The reason I ask is there was a team from York on the radio who took it upon themselves to ring up at 03:00 and state we're a Mountain Rescue team need any help?
And were told get up here by any means ASAP
Is someone sitting in TAC waiting for the phone to ring?
CCRF should be pushed forward, to a point where in such times an almost CDC type call out can be established, with clear lines of command for the Police, Fire, Ambulance, various civil agencies and the military to work to.
This would probalby require the local town halls to draw up plans.
I think jim30 has also pointed out in the past that we are fecking expensive to use and that under no circumstances should we even be considered before exhausting all other avenues Guides, scouts, brownies, LoF etc
At the risk of upsetting a few people here, the CCRF was formally disestablished in March of this year. There was an answer in Hansard to that effect recently noting that no further CCRF training is to be done.
This doesnt bother me particularly, I've worked as a member of the CCRF and as one of the individuals who would help make national level decisions on its use, and have always felt it was a paper tiger with no real ability to be used. The problem it had was that there was no modification to the legislation underpinning the use of the reserves to enable people to be called in quickly, then stood down. Instead to call a CCRF in would involve formal mobilisation, which then puts people into 3 year lockouts for further callup. It was estimated that it would take 10 - 14 days to get them in, at which point the problem is over.
Added to this is the fact that nobody ever, at any place in the civil or military community knew what to do with the damn things. There was this paper capability, which was never backed up by anything that was a genuine CONOPS - the restrictions on what people could train for and do meant that they weren't credible in any role.
I strongly advise anyone with more than a passing interest in MACA to dig out and read JDP2-02 on the internet. It is a really useful document which sets out the view MOD has had for many years now that it is not the business of defence to be trainnig and equipping for circumstances such as we've seen in the NW this weekend. We have a range of highly competent first responders who can do that - instead our role is limited to immediate preservation of life, and a few highly niche areas. The days of large numbers of military on call out for civil problems outside of life threatening circumstances are over.
Only according to Mr Benn and his Environment Agency. The Met Office has been busy all day trying to put a scientific and statistical slant on it. Our reliable records go back only 150 years and, I understand, it is likely that this event has broken the current UK record which was in sunny Dorset. From wikipedia:
The village is in the UK Weather Records for the Highest 24-hour total rainfall, which was recorded in Martinstown on July 18th 1955 at 279 mm (11 inches) in a 15 hour period.
It's a little surprising that a July thunderstorm in sunny Dorset can hold the record for so long, but that's the English weather (and the method of collecting rainfall data) for you! There probably aren't that many rainfall gauges on the Cumbrian fells.