Workboat UK make first appearance at Rescue 3 Europe Technical Rescue Conference and Exhibition
The Pioner Multi was a familiar sight for many of the delegates at this years Technical Rescue Conference https://www.rescue3europe.com/index.php/conference-2017 …not because a Multi has been at the show before but because it is a well established and popular boat for any flood rescue fleet. This show saw many of the UK’s highly trained and experienced rescuers gather for a week packed with training, sharing experiences through conference presentations and witnessing the latest rescue equipment and procurement options available. Delegates came to the stand to discuss their belief and confidence in the boat for flood rescue service, with many of the Fire & Rescue Service teams putting into action and conducting regular training on various models of the Pioner Multi. It was great to hear just how effective and reliable these Pioner boat and Yamaha engine combinations are and how impressed the users are with this product.
So having sold these boats to the rescue service and voluntary groups, Caley Marine being represented at the show by its new hire division, Workboat UK, with the tried and tested Pioner Multi and Yamaha engine combination was no surprise….but maybe the idea to hire this equipment was?
Introducing the Boat Hire concept
The show hosted a good variety of boats including classic inflatables such as the Zodiac MilPro and the Excel, the Acrtic Jet boat and ourselves showing two of the Cipax / Pioner range with the Multi MkIII taking prime position and giving a touch and feel opportunity of its unique bow door.
The key conversation for Workboat UK however was to open the conversation of flood response boat hire. In a modern world of ever increasing capability and an even higher public expectation on safety, response and rescue support from our public services, voluntary and professional groups, there is a balance to be established imposed by the very real financial constraints. At Workboat UK we are aware that as a result of learnings from past tragedies, registers are being drawn up of rescue support facilities and skills available to call upon within regions. This is a great idea with the objective to ensure local available facilities can be engaged where standard response services are not available, inadequate or just a greater spread of facilities will hugely increase the chances of recovering survivors.
At Workboat UK We hope that the opportunity to have these recognised rescue boats available for hire will contribute to the availability and readiness of rescue services; whether the hire is long term, for specific high risk periods, on a retention basis for access as required or another arrangement, we believe hiring can offer a far more manageable, acceptable and justifiable financial arrangement allowing access for more groups to commit to expanding their facilities. We look forward to your feedback on this option.
Check out ‘In Your Element’
https://iye.scot/ Take a look at IYE offering fun on the water at Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch. Seen here using Workboat UK’s first hired Multi MkIII to help keep everyone safe.
Pioner Multi ‘in it’s element’!
The workboat landing craft type vessel is ideal for safety standby and rescue activities with the capacity to lower the bow door. Lowering the bow door makes it easy to recover people or canoes, paddle boards, walk on water balls or other equipment from the water onto the deck. With a draft of less than 30cm and built from robust polyethylene plastic, you don’t have to worry about nudging the rocks when assisting activities close to the shore. For conditions like these the Multi can easily carry 10 people and still have fun on the plane.