Ah the good old days, when Trumpton had a fire service that the world looked up to. No problem was too big or small for the lad's from the fire service to attend to.
Sadly, that was but a fantasy!
Nanny's health and safety Gestapo in Humberside has stuck its interfering nose into the work of the real fire service, and is considering the banning of ladders.
Yes, you did read that correctly...ladders!
Funny that, I thought that it was kind of an occupational hazard for firemen to shin up and down ladders.
Not in Nanny's' world!
You see folks, one of the services that firemen perform is that of installing smoke alarms in people's houses.
I did not know that before this...even I learn new things each day...and I'm a genius (so my Mum says!).
Anyhoo, Nanny's health and safety Gestapo are worried that the firemen might fall off the step ladder when they are installing the fire alarm. Therefore they wish a moveable platform to be used instead.
Now the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is having to review its policy on step ladders, after Nanny's chums from the Fire Brigades Union pointed out that a 6ft stepladder may contravene the Health and Safety Executive Work at Height Regulations 2005.
Needless to say, the health and safety Gestapo are only too willing to validate their existence, and have agreed to review this.
As one fireman said:
"Where will this end?
Will we still be able to carry a rescued person down a ladder,
or enter a burning building, without the HSA on our back?"
Don't worry, it would be a breach of the health and safety regulations for you to carry the HSE on your back!