Helicopter debate


This is a few thoughts after reading a few posts.

Sadly some poor posts have got extremely

personal and that will not sort anything out.

Mountain Rescue is changing and so is the world . There are various problems but would it not be better to try to sort it out in private?

Surely additions could be made to the contract and funding found if needed.

We all have opinions and we can all agree to disagree but please someone in authority take this in hand an sort out a solution? This of course is the Police .

We have a huge heritage to fall back on over many years This is a few thoughts after reading a few posts.

Sadly some have got

Very personal and nothing that will not sort anything out.

Mountain Rescue is changing and so is the world . There are various problems but would it not be better to try to sort it out in private?

It’s to easy to be an internet warrior just try and get together and get the problems sorted.

All that matters is the casualty-the safety of the teams Dogs and helicopter crews.

The crews do a superb job and this must be awful for them to hear the criticism much of it unfounded. In the RAF we had many similar problems but things were sorted out by discussion and compromise.

Please work together to help towards a solution.

latest statement

Glencoe, Lochaber, Tayside and Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Teams

4th November 2018

Following our public statement of the 2nd November, regarding our concerns about the way in which the Rescue Helicopter (SAR H) contract is being coordinated and operated, the four teams of Glencoe, Lochaber, Tayside and Cairngorm have been overwhelmed and humbled by the level of support that we have received from the public.

We have been further gratified to find that so many others in the world of Mountain Rescue and also people with experience in operating and coordinating rescue helicopters have been prepared to lend their support to our concerns. Thank you to each and every one of you.

In addition to thanking you, we wanted to update you on developments since Friday.

We have now received a response from Police Scotland that shows attempts are starting to be made to address the concerns we have had for some time. Our concerns have been acknowledged and commitments have been made to attempt to influence the review of the SAR H contract and to encourage the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC) to adopt a more pragmatic approach to their standard operating procedures.

We are grateful to Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams for his personal intervention in progressing this and hope that his efforts will be successful. However, we recognise that Police Scotland may not be able to generate the level of change required without a change in stance and practice from the MCA and ARCC. The four teams want to positively recognise that Police Scotland has led this first small step forward.

We have also had invites from several politicians to take up our concerns and we welcome their support We will follow these invites up.

Hopefully the strength of support that has been expressed will help the Agencies on a longer journey to improve the welfare of the casualty and respect for the deceased and their families, and potentially promote the effectiveness of all volunteer mountain rescue teams by experiencing less avoidable risk and being better able to be ready for the next rescue.

Glencoe MRT

Cairngorm MRT

Tayside MRT

Lochaber MRT

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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One Response to Helicopter debate

  1. ptsd17 says:

    I’ve sent a request to my local MSP’s and MP asking them tk look into this.
    Should there be a disaster in the hills, for instance a large aircraft crash, or a large group of people lost and all are fatalities, would the Scottish Government expect a group of volunteers to recover all the fatalities? The same goes for 1 or 2 fatalities in the hills, all resources should be available to perform a dignified recover!
    If you’re in Moray or the Highlands you can email the politicians.
    Edward.Mountain.msp@parliament.scot, John.Finnie.msp@parliament.scot, Jamie.HalcroJohnston.msp@parliament.scot, Richard.Lochhead.msp@parliament.scot
    Donald.Cameron.msp@parliament.scot, Rhoda.Grant.msp@parliament.scot, Maree.Todd.msp@parliament.scot, David.Stewart.msp@parliament.scot,
    douglas.ross.mp@parliament.uk

    If you’re in a different area of Scotland you can find your MSP’s emails here
    http://www.parliament.scot/msps.aspx

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