IN GREAT BRITAIN THE OFF-SHORE, COASTLINE and swift water rescue calls are handled by a national team of rescue squads called Coastguards. They operate under the auspices of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
Following the current trend of the UK government to become the world’s premier nanny-state, some dimwit has just issued an order for all squads to pause and fill out a “vehicle pre-journey risk assessment” form before they respond on an emergency call (we’re not making this up, folks).
When they are dispatched on a life-saving emergency, the senior officer is required to first fill out the form that asks him to write down the “reason for journey” and list any risks they may face including the current and forecast weather conditions. It also demands an explanation of any “actions taken to mitigate risk” before the team leader can answer whether the risk is “acceptable” or not. A spokesman for the MCA insisted filling in the questionnaire would not cause any delay as it “can be done at the same time as the rest of the team prepare equipment”.
Supposedly this academic exercise will “protect the coastguards’ safety.”
All this before they can take their equipment out on an emergency rescue. This comes on the heels of an order to stop using flares at night because they can cause injuries. Just what is wrong with those people over there?
The Western Morning News has the full STORY.