Thursday, 27 August 2009

Death of a Fire Fighter

The death of Watch Manager Paul Fletcher of the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service on Monday night is a tragedy for a service used to a very low casualty toll. I had the privilege of training Paul some years ago and know he will be missed by his crew and certainly by the service.

Unfortunately the rising toll in Fire Fighter lives since the "modernisers" ripped the heart out of the service, threw out the Discipline Regulations and introduced "Itsy Pitsy Diddly Squat" as a training system at the behest of the Union, the Civil Service (who hate professionalism in anything they can't understand) and the Chief Fire Officers Association and their Puppet Masters the Local Government Association so that they could parachute into command positions people without the experience or the knowledge necessary, is now coming home to roost in terms of increasing Fire Fighter fatalities. Equally unfortunately they will never be called to account for this mess because their Lords and Masters in Westminster and Whitehall are busily covering it up.

It is a disgrace that people like Paul are paying the price. Pray please for his family and friends - and for the repose of his soul. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

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