Rescue Services

Transport written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

(1) on how many occasions staff from one maritime coast guard station have carried out training in their paired station's operations room, by station, in each of the last five years;

(2) how many recorded training hours staff of each maritime coastguard station have spent in the operations room of its paired station in order to gain local knowledge of that station.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has not specifically recorded this information.

The current pairing arrangements—the area operations concept where two Maritime Rescue coordination centres are technically and operationally capable of mutual support—were introduced in 2005. These arrangements are an innate aspect of current Her Majesty's Coastguard operations and happen on a regular basis and therefore the MCA does not keep records of instances where pairing is undertaken on operational grounds.

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