What's why we have 3 rnli boats act it's 4 with west kirby one but that's only small, am not saying the rnli is a free service I have gave lots of money to the rnli they do an amazing job!! All am saying is we don't need a fire boat that cost so much money when we where fine without them!! 3million pound what a joke. Give that money to the rnli
Some people on here are thick
As far as I am aware, it was funded by the Fire and Rescue Research Fund Trust initially and from their existing budget. They took over the service in 2005 due to the inshore rescue service that had been in charge of it running into financial difficulties.
The slide raft (which the RNLI don't have AFAIAA) is capable of transferring up to 60 people at any single time at high speed, which would allow MFRS to evacuate large numbers of casualties in the event of an aircraft ditch. Seeing as the River Mersey is close to Speke Airport, I'd say this was a good thing!!
Between June 2005 and the end of December 2007 (the only set of stats I can find thus far, but I'm sure they'd let me have recent ones if I asked for them) the marine vessel attended 400 critical call outs, ranging from rescues from the river and mud flats to towing vessels in distress to shore. Source.
I know a few of the RNLI men and can easily find out if their donations have gone down since the Marine Rescue Unit was put into use if you really like.
It still begs the question, if you were in dire need of rescue and the RNLI were all either on emergency calls or too far away to get to you before you drowned, would you tell MFRS to sod off so you could wait for the RNLI?
As a side note, care to cite your source for the sum of £3m
I'm not being difficult, just rather deal in facts as opposed to heresay or made up figures plucked from the ether.