Firemen who are used to climbing 300ft ladders have been ordered not to climb up small step ladders due to health and safety concerns.Hmmm, this smells a little fishy…
They have been told to use a special telescopic rod when checking and fitting smoke alarms rather than using step ladders.
The move has been blasted as 'ludicrous' by firemen who say they are trained to climb ladders as part of their job.I wouldn’t be at all surprised, frankly.
One said: 'It is preposterous. Climbing a ladder safely is an integral part of being a firefighter. It is what we do and we receive expert training to ensure we do it properly.
'To now be told we are not to be trusted with a set of step ladders is ludicrous. We will be banned from tackling fires because they can get quite hot. '
But there may be more to this than meets the eye:
The rule has been introduced by Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service which is handing out 13ft fishing rod-style poles with the aim of speeding up smoke alarm fitting and checks.And whereare they getting these from….?
Designers of the equipment, Fire Angel, said it was safer for firemen as well as being cost-effective and enabling higher ceilings to be fitted with smoke detectors.Hmmm, sounds more like a cozy little arrangement between a supplier of 13ft telescopic poles and the public sector, rather than any real worries about ‘elf and safety, doesn’t it…?
A spokesman for Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service said the equipment was being rolled out because it was an efficient method of fitting detectors.