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Mr Tannos has let us all know that any suggestion that might
improve the service “is an insult” and will be met with hostility.
Rather than saying, “Oh, did that happen to you? I will look into
it. Let’s talk about HF radio, how can we do things better? ”
Rather than antagonising any critics, and stifling debate
which might lead to improvement.
I am grateful for Mr Tannos’ response to the controversy facing
Marine Rescue (A fl o a t April’14). It confirmed my allegation: The
end of HF under Marine Rescue Management.
However, let’s be frank Mr Tannos and not mislead the readers
of A fl o a t , they are among your greatest supporters.
In our telephone conversations, you and your deputy’s primary
concern was your sponsors and the impact my comments would
have. Neither you nor your deputy ever stated that marine rescue
doesn’t provide HF cover. That is an afterthought. And even that
statement is not true.
I have now spoken to four Marine rescue bases, they all
monitor 2182, and scan the other emergency frequencies and
none were aware of your dictum that you don’t monitor HF ...
They all complained of inadequate HF equipment, stating
average reception of 200 miles.
Can I quote Marine Rescue NSW’s own website: “HF is essential
for serious coastal and overseas cruising”. Also, on the website it says
under the heading radio frequencies used by Marine Rescue “ H F,
2182, Not all marine rescue units monitor 2182. Please contact your local
unit for more information.”
Then you as the Commander tells us no one is listening. Do you
get the drift ... no one knows what is happening, including you.
Kordia do contract to the government for the emergency
frequencies on HF, that is true. Are you now announcing that
marine rescue is not a HF facility. Is that true? If so, let us all
start supporting someone who does!
Thousands of boat owners are under the mistaken belief that
that you provide a HF cover ... which is it? You don’t, you do, or
you do sometimes, when it suits but maybe not in emergencies?
Boaties want to know, and the Marine Rescue bases running
inadequate HF services would like to know.
Incidentally I used Marine Rescue on VHF very successfully
last week for a short coastal trip. The service was fantastic and
a tribute to the volunteers.
But for coastal passages, it is downright bloody dangerous.
The limitations of VHF and your bases’ admissions of their
equipment inadequacies proves the point. They all know it, we
all know it, it is only you that doesn’t.
Volunteer squads locked out
from rescue duties
Recently, four volunteer marine rescue squads that decided
against joining Marine Rescue NSW have had their accreditation
The four squads are Volunteer Rescue Association Tweed
River, Ballina Jet Boat Rescue, Volunteer Rescue Association
Hawkesbury River and Volunteer Coast Guard Kingscliff.
The treatment of these volunteer squads has received at
the hands of Marine Area Command, the State Rescue Board,
Marine Rescue NSW and in turn the Minister is nothing less than
manipulating, misleading and has been thwarted with delays.
Not only have the squads been caught up in red tape that
has hindered drive and determination to achieve and perform
effectively, they have all been made out to be incompetent to
perform the services that each have been providing for more
than 30 years.
After news items appeared in local papers in each of their
areas, there has been one response from one of the above
departments, which labelled the squads as having “no training
records, command and control problems and inaccurate
One squad has even been threatened with fines of up to
$5,000 if they attempt to perform a rescue!
What sort of stupidity is this?
These bullying tactics are a disgrace. It will only be a matter
of time that someone dies in one of these areas due to greatly
reduced rescue services. Then the coroner will be asking the
Hopefully, the individual communities will see the
bureaucratic bungling for what it is and support their community
rescue squad by a vigorous communication campaign aimed at
the government and its agencies to review and support the four
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