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Your old Flares

Discussion in 'Boat Owning, Equipment and Maintenance' started by gibberfish, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. gibberfish

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    Please make sure your old flares dont fall into the wrong hands and that they are disposed of properly.
    Was out last night for 2 hours looking for a non existant casualty. That was 2 x lifeboats, 1 x MOD range safety boat, 2 x HMCG volunteer mobile units. All out for 2 hours in the cold and dark when we would rather have been in bed. That a lot of volunteer hours wasted GRRRRRR!

    Flare caps and foils were later found at the Redoubt at Dymchurch - dated 2005.
     
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  3. RobTheRadish

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    I keep all my old Flares in my wardrobe hangin up.

    On a serious note thats a hell of a lot of wasted time, money ,manpower etc and could have cost a genuine distress call valuable time. I caught some yobs messing around with out of date flares last summer and handed them into the Rye Lifeboat Station (the flares not the yobs!) No wonder you get p*ssed off with "false alarms" John.

    This thread is "sticky" material IMO. Rob
     
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    egg-custard THE TROLLING MAESTRO

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    i need to get new ones..............the old ones still untouched and look new in the red tub.......mmmm...

    the only thing to do with them is to return them to the seller..?
     
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    Could this matter be put as a sticky by mods or similar?. Living by the sea I have called the coastguard a few times now after seeing distress flares to find it to be a false alarm. With the local down-manning of these stations and money wasted when there is a false alarm it makes sense to dispose of these items responsibly. We were always advised to take any out of date or unwanted flares to our local coastguard station where they would dispose of them in a controlled manner. I believe this is still the most appropriate way of disposal, maybe there is a member that could advise us of this. So instead of letting these off or getting into the wrong hands, putting lives at risk, wasting money, wasting time and resources....... DISPOSE FLARES RESPONSIBLY!
     
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    I have stickied it for now as suggested.
     
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    100 mile round trip for me then! Or maybe drop them off next time the boat is out down that way (phone call first obviously)! Just replaced mine, not cheap either, even though they are a necessity!!!!!!!!
     
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    Perhaps if the didn't make it so difficult to hand them in there wouldn't be so many falling in to the wrong hands.:unsure:
     
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    Cheers for the info - I've got a set of out of date flares that need replacing. Figured it was best to have out of date than none at all. Now I'll look at sorting them out.
     
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    i take mine to the police station and they get rid of them for me at a small fee
     
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    Didn't think you could still do that. Thought you had to make arrangements with some other agency?
     
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    yeah,the fire arms officers get rig of them
     
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    A very useful piece of information,

    Snagger
     
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    Doing things like that can put other life's in danger. :(
     
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    :unsure: Have I missed something?
     
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    The offical method of disposal of old and damaged flares taken from the Govenment website


    How to arrange disposal of flares

    If you have out-of-date or damaged flares, first contact the place where you originally bought the flares. They may operate a 'take back' scheme. If not, contact your local Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC), who will advise you on how the flares can be disposed of safely. Contact numbers for these centres are listed in the table below.

    You'll need to tell the MRCC:
    •how many flares you have to dispose of
    •how old they are
    •what condition they are in

    The MRCC will then help you make arrangements to take your flares to a licensed disposal site.

    The MRCC will tell you where your nearest disposal site is and its opening times. You'll have to deliver the flares to the disposal site at an agreed time. It's likely that you may have to travel a long distance, depending on the facilities available in your area.

    If you go to one of these sites without an appointment, you will be turned away. The disposal sites can only accept out-of-date or damaged flares from members of the public. If you are a commercial organisation, you'll need to make your own arrangements.

    If a flare is so damaged that it is in a dangerous condition, the MRCC will arrange for its immediate disposal. This is at their discretion.

    Contact details for centres that will receive your out-of-date or damaged flares



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    MRCC Aberdeen (licensed site: Buchan Sector Base)

    01224 592 334



    MRCC Aberdeen (licensed site: Inverness Sector Base)

    01224 592 334



    MRCC Belfast

    02891 463 933



    MRCC Brixham

    01803 882 704



    MRCC Clyde (licensed site: Girvan Coastguard Rescue Service)

    01475 729 988



    MRCC Dover

    01304 210 008



    MRCC Falmouth

    01326 317 575



    MRCC Forth (licensed site: St Andrews Sector Base)

    01333 450 666



    MRCC Holyhead

    01407 762 051



    MRCC Humber

    01262 672 317



    MRCC Liverpool

    01519 313 341



    MRCC Milford Haven

    01646 690 909



    MRCC Shetland

    01595 692 976



    MRCC Solent

    02392 552 100



    MRCC Stornoway

    01851 702 013



    MRCC Thames

    01255 675 518



    MRCC Yarmouth (licensed site: North Norfolk Sector Base)

    01493 851 338



    RNLI Headquarters Poole

    01202 336 336
     
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    Thanks for this info Dave, I shall have to arrange mine next time I go to fish the POW.
     
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    I was told you could hand them in at your local Fire Station for disposal, though it doesn't say so on the Govt website.

    Regards Austin..
     
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    Cant you just take em all inland up to the top of a hill on 5th November. That way the kids get a good cheap firework display and the lifeguard knows its not a boat, unless one of them thinks its a seriously delayed Noah with his Ark ground out.

    "what shall we have tonight love?" "There's only porcupine quills left" "better set those flares off then and get some help"

    SERIOUSLY , Yes it the responsibility of the flare owners, not the bored kids letting them off , point taken, will heed the advice.
     
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