Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Helicopter search and rescue to be privatised.
The trend to privatise and make a profit from every aspect of life continues with the government announcement that helicopter search and rescue is to be handed over to the American based company Bristow. At the moment Maritime SAR is a joint endevour by HM Coastguard who coordinate rescue operations, Royal National Lifeboat Institute who run our fleet of lifeboats, with helicopter rescue being primarily operated by the Navy and RAF. Believe it or not, this unique mix of civil servants, dedicated volunteers plus military air crew provides a search and rescue service that truly is something to be proud of - and not a shareholder in sight. Who knows what the future will hold for SAR once the cold hand of the market gets a grip.