TA Forces help out in flooded town

Discussion in 'Army Reserve' started by msr, Aug 3, 2007.

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  1. msr

    msr LE

    Only joking ;)

    According to 2nd Lt Sharpe, all of the team [of trainee pilots from the Defence Helicopter Flying School at RAF Shawbury]- 13 officers, one of whom is on exchange from the Qatar Emiri Air Force, and a non-commissioned officer - had been pleased to come and help out Tewkesbury's residents.

    "Everyone was happy to do this," he said. "You can see a direct effect on the community through our efforts.

    "Doing this work seems like it will impact much more than some of the other schemes available, such as doing gardening in the Shrewsbury area.

    "And we get to interact with the community itself, which is a real benefit."

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6927968.stm
     
  2. Moral of the story? Perhaps TA units need to farm themselves out, by-passing the CoC, to the locals?

    Wouldn't sit too well with the powers that be though I bet :s
     
  3. msr

    msr LE

    Moral of the story: next time someone mentions CCRF tell them to ram it.

    msr
     
  4. They won't mention CCRF anymore, they may however mention RRF........

    .......if so, tell them to ram it.
     
  5. msr

    msr LE

    The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers?
     
  6. TA or not I think the problem lies ultimately in "who picks up the bill", it would be the Home Office, by the time the politics of the situation were finalised, it would be way after the event.... IMHO
     
  7. Reminds me of an occasion, many years ago in a time when MTDs were more freely available, when there was a big storm causing loads of damage.

    The official line was that there was no role for the TA but we happended to have a recruiting day planned, so assembled as planned (including a lot of guys who had damage to their own property they should have been sorting out) and simply called the town cop shop and offered the services of some 4WD vehs and a gang of blokes with chainsaws, axes, tow chains etc.

    Surprise surprise, they jumped at the chance and had a list of jobs for us in no time.

    Results?

    Happy blokes for doing something useful for the local community. Happy local cops (handy as our armoury alarm had a tendency to go off when it shouldn't!!). And a front page picture in the local paper of the TA clearing trees blocking the entrance to an old people's home.
     
  8. MACC (military aid to civil community) is hideously expensive! something like £300 per day per bod no wonder the MOD frowns on people doing it for themselves ! they cant put a huge bill in!