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Monday, May 21, 2007

Nanny Bans Rescue

Nanny Bans RescueThe good old boys in Nanny's health and safety Gestapo have been up to their old tricks again.

This time they have decreed that a trained rescue professional (a fireman to be precise) should not have attempted to rescue someone from drowning, because it was too dangerous!!!

Tam Brown, a professional fireman (trained to rescue people), has found himself on the wrong end of Nanny's sticky pole (a lousy metaphor, I know...but it's Monday morning...give me a break!) and is now subject to an internal investigation by Tayside Fire and Rescue because he breached safety rules during the rescue in the River Tay in Perth.

Mr Brown spent eight minutes in the cold water, as he dragged a 20 year old woman to safety. Unfortunately, Nanny believes that he had acted improperly by risking his life.

Mr Brown has 15 years' experience as a fireman, and quite rightly was hailed as a hero by the woman's family. However, Tayside Fire and Rescue said that he had broken the brigade's "standing instructions" on safety procedures.

Kind of odd that isn't it?

I thought that those who joined the fire service did so because they wanted to help save lives.

Mr Brown said:

"I was expected to watch that young girl die in front of me.

As a father and a caring human being,

I couldn't live with myself if I'd had to do that
."

He went on to say:

"We had seconds to act. The girl was losing consciousness.

We had one harness, so I put that on and went

down 20ft on a safety line, grabbed her and held

her out of the water. My colleagues tried to pull

us towards steps, but the current was so bad and

the rope was pulled so hard it snapped.

My own life hung in the balance as I swam

for the steps with her in my arms.

But we got there and were pulled out.

I was in the water for eight minutes and it

was heart-stoppingly cold, but we saved her
."

Unfortunately the rules say that fire crew should instead have tried to haul the woman out using poles and ropes.

Aha...there is one fly in Nanny's oinkment here.

Can you guess what that is?

Yes, that's right, Stephen Hunter, chief fire officer of Tayside Fire and Rescue, admitted that fire engines in Perth were not equipped with the correct poles and ropes!

However, let us not be deterred by facts and reality, Nanny insists that Mr Brown should have used the non existent pole.

Therefore, Mr Brown must be punished for his lamentable action.

As Stephen Hunter so "eloquently" put it:

"Firefighter safety is of paramount importance to us.

Although our duties include rescues from flooding,

there is no statutory obligation to carry out

rescues from moving water.

We know they broke procedure because

we know he went into the water.

We are investigating exactly what happened,

and once that is concluded we will consider

what action is necessary.

That could include disciplinary action
."

Steve Hill, chairman of the Perth branch of the Fire Brigades Union, is not too impressed with Nanny:

"Not one senior officer has congratulated Tam

or the other officers who attended that night.

They should be elated they saved a life but are

traumatised that they face disciplinary action instead.

Contradicting an order can lead to dismissal.

If Tam hadn't gone in, the public might have

tried to save her and we could have ended up

with several dead
."

Nanny claims that she wishes to minimise (or eliminate) risk, in reality all she cares about is having her petty and odious rules followed.

4 comments:

  1. I'm a fairly calm and compassionate person but when I read of things like this something happens inside. It reaches out and twists through my brain cells and makes me hope that one day the idiots who condemn a brave man for trying to save a life find themselves in a situation where they need saving. It also makes me hope that the onlookers and rescuers simply stand and watch them drown, burn or otherwise meet a horrible end and as they are screaming to be saved those same would be rescuers reply:

    "Sorry mate, can't help, Haven't got the right equipment, Health and Safety would have a fit so it's more than my job's worth!"

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  2. john rimmer10:23 PM

    Have you ever noticed that you can always tell a person's talking bollocks if they use the word "paramount"?

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  3. Lord of Atlantis3:40 PM

    "Not one senior officer has congratulated Tam or the other officers who attended that night.
    They should be elated they saved a life but are traumatised that they face disciplinary action instead."

    This accurately sums up everything that is wrong about our emergency services and the those in charge of them. These men deserve bloody medals, not to be victimised in this manner. The jobsworths who want to discipline these men are the ones who should be facing a disciplinary tribunal: indeed they should be sacked, as I feel sure that Tayside Fire and Rescue would function much better without them.

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  4. Anonymous3:42 PM

    "....hope one day the idiots who condemn a brave man for trying to save a life find themselves in a situation where they need saving. It also makes me hope that the onlookers and rescuers simply stand and watch them drown, burn or otherwise meet a horrible end and as they are screaming to be saved those same would be rescuers reply: "Sorry mate, can't help, Haven't got the right equipment, Health and Safety would have a fit so it's more than my job's worth!"

    So do I !!!

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