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Health and Safety isn't about saving lives but following rules


Fireman faces punishment for risking his life in rescue-News-UK-TimesOnline

A fireman is facing disciplinary action after plunging into a river to rescue a drowning woman.

Tam Brown, 42, is the subject of an internal investigation by Tayside Fire and Rescue because he breached safety rules during the rescue in the River Tay in Perth.

He spent eight minutes in the cold water and at one stage feared that he would be swept to his death. But after dragging the 20-year-old woman to safety he was told by his employer that he had acted improperly by risking his life.

Mr Brown, who has 15 years’ experience as a fireman, was hailed as a hero by the young woman’s family but Tayside Fire and Rescue said that he had broken the brigade’s “standing instructions” on safety procedures.

He said yesterday: “I was expected to watch that young girl die in front of me.

Comments

The man should be awarded the George Cross.

After all, he clearly risked his own life well beyond the call of duty.

Best regards

So... as all firemen risk their lives everytime they go to work, are they all 'contravening regulations' all the time?

I despair of crap like this, I really do.

"We had one harness...and the rope was pulled so hard it snapped." And so they didn't enquire why their kit was inadequate, but why the sort of chap who'd be a fireman reacted in the way that sort of chap would.

Whoever is charging this Fireman should be disciplined under the Health and Safety Act for operating without a brain. This man's superior is obviously an arsehole of the first order.

Whoever is charging this Fireman should be disciplined under the Health and Safety Act for operating without a brain. This man's superior is obviously an arsehole of the first order.

Isn't this what happened to Mr. Incredible?

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