Search and Rescue Rambos?

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‘Rambo-style rescue’ slammed
Independent Online – Cape Town,South Africa
Angry Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) volunteers say a rescue in Fish Hoek took two hours longer than necessary because a private company tried to reach
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Local drowns after driving vehicle into lake
Mercury-Register – Oroville,CA,USA
Emergency response units, including First Responder paramedics, Cal Fire/Butte County, and Butte County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue dive teams were
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  1. FoolsGold says:

    Training, procedures, funding … Politics in the rescue field.

    “…The Beachy Head hero driven to quit by health and safety rules

    Keith Lane, who has stopped 29 men and women from killing themselves at the notorious 600ft Beachy Head cliffs, has had enough of being attacked for breaking health and safety rules.

    While the 57-year-old’s daring rescues have won him international recognition there are those who carp about his professionalism. So bad have the smears become that Mr Lane is quitting his clifftop patrols, blaming factions in the Coastguard and the Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team for the criticism.

    A chaplain who, unaware the microphone was still on, snarled: “You p*** me off, you really are p***ing me off.”

    “I’ve had rival lifesavers telling me I shouldn’t be on the cliffs. And I know that people are spreading gossip about me, claiming I am a menace. It’s hurtful.”

    The father of two says he uses ‘gentle charm and persuasiveness’ to convince potential jumpers that their problems can be solved.

    Following one of his most daring rescues – when he slid 15ft down a wet cliff face to rescue a young mother – he was roundly condemned.

    He said: “One slip and we’d have both gone over. But I was lectured for not following the correct procedures and told I should alert coastguards before attempting rescues.

    “It would have taken them up to 20 minutes to arrive and the woman might have slipped to her death in that time.”

    “The reality is people are alive today because I didn’t sit around and wait – I acted.

    Mr Lane’s attitude is a contrast to the two Police Community Support Officers – dubbed ‘Blunkett’s Bobbies’ – who stood by as ten-year-old Jordon Lyon drowned in a pond in Wigan.

    Last month, it emerged that the two officers had been ordered by their control room not to attempt a rescue because they did not have the right training.

    Minutes later a regular officer arrived and dragged the boy out. But by then, it was too late.

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