Mountain rescue

In the UK and Ireland land based search and rescue is performed by volunteer Mountain Rescue Teams in support of the Police.  These teams are local charities which are 100% funded by charitable contributions and staffed by unpaid volunteers.  However in the Isle of Man this vital work is carried out by three separate government departments who are meant to work together: the Coastguard, Civil Defence and the Fire and Rescue service.  Each of these departments has its own specialist search teams within their organisation with their own vehicles and equipment.  In practice this is not only a duplication of effort but they use paid staff, often on overtime, and their volunteers receive annual bonuses which can be considerable.

We have the financial resources, people and expertise in the Isle of Man to set up a Mountain Rescue team immediately.  However it can only happen if the Government allows the Police to use this team instead of its own departments.

Why the contribution is important

The people of Isle of Man deserve the very best emergency services.  However restraints on government spending in recent years has resulted in the use of search and rescue teams which are now poorly equipped and inadequately trained for that task.  The current model is not only unusual but it is expensive to maintain and is in danger of becoming no longer fit for purpose.  It has been shown throughout the British Isles that high risk services such Mountain Rescue and the Lifeboats are best performed by charities using unpaid volunteers.  It saves money, it saves lives!

by mss on April 05, 2017 at 02:45PM

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  • Posted by villablanco April 05, 2017 at 15:42

    Good thinking mss
  • Posted by gonzo132 April 05, 2017 at 17:07

    Empire building by all concerned. Great idea to go down the U.K. Model and have a civilian voluntary mountain rescue. After all our " mountain" is not that treacherous and you are probably no further than a mile from the nearest road, track.
  • Posted by Blebveg April 05, 2017 at 19:09

    So you will donate the money you save in taxes to volunteer organisations?
  • Posted by mss April 06, 2017 at 16:44

    No, a local Mountain Rescue team does not need any form of financial support from the Government. It is perfectly possible to set up a team here which is 100% funded by charitable contributions, just like the RNLI and mountain rescue teams in the the rest of the British Isles.
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