Transport Department to procure new civilian UK Search and Rescue service

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Ministry of Defence said:
The Department for Transport has started the procurement process for a new UK wide search and rescue helicopter service to be provided by civilian crews, it has been announced today.

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to be fair this has been in the pipeline for years i can recall SAR being market tested or what ever it was called then in 1987,it got shit canned last year when they made a balls up of the tendering process,i can only hope that a grown up is writing the contract and "we" do not end up with a second rate service run for profit with PAYD style get out small print in the contract.
however it will i'm sure result in job cuts.
 
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How will civilian crews balance "Elf & Safety" against getting out there in a Force 9+ ? Don't sink unless its a calm sunny day ?
The same way the RNLI do?
 
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"The same way the RNLI do? "...... The difference there being that RNLI are VOLUNTEERS working for a charity, not employees working for a profit driven corporation. You seriously think the bean-counters will sanction putting a multi-squillion pound chopper and its crew in real harms way ? For all we slag off the crabs and matelots (in a cheerful, bantering sort of way...) I think we all know that push comes to shove they will go the extra mile.
 
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"The same way the RNLI do? "...... The difference there being that RNLI are VOLUNTEERS working for a charity, not employees working for a profit driven corporation. You seriously think the bean-counters will sanction putting a multi-squillion pound chopper and its crew in real harms way ? For all we slag off the crabs and matelots (in a cheerful, bantering sort of way...) I think we all know that push comes to shove they will go the extra mile.
You said "how will civillian crews...", so I take it that RNLI are (a) not civvies and (b) not affected by HSE legislation!
 
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How will civilian crews balance "Elf & Safety" against getting out there in a Force 9+ ? Don't sink unless its a calm sunny day ?
Probably the same way The RNLI do.

Edit because other people have seen sense before me.

Contrary to the thoughts of those who salute the flag 6 times a day the armed forces are not the only group of people willing to risk their lives these days.

Hopefully a private company will start charging for their services when things like stupidity and/or booze are to blame for their helicopter having to lift.
 
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"The same way the RNLI do? "...... The difference there being that RNLI are VOLUNTEERS working for a charity, not employees working for a profit driven corporation. You seriously think the bean-counters will sanction putting a multi-squillion pound chopper and its crew in real harms way ? For all we slag off the crabs and matelots (in a cheerful, bantering sort of way...) I think we all know that push comes to shove they will go the extra mile.

Something many people forget is that a charity is a company with more regulations to adhere to .
 

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