One onlooker said: "The paramedic wouldn't treat him.The depth of water? Six inches...
Two colleagues arrived in an ambulance but he stood in their way and told them, 'I'm incident commander - you aren't getting into the water.'
An ambulance service spokesman said fire crews were trained for water rescues and added: "The incident was managed in accordance with procedures."I'm not sure six inches counts as a 'water rescue'.
On the other hand, if it does, I performed a water rescue this morning on my car keys when I dropped them in a puddle...
Still, this looks to become more widespread in the future:
The Health and Safety Executive caused outrage by declaring that officers confronted with dangerous situations -while fighting crime or trying to guard the public 'may choose not to put themselves at unreasonable risk'.If this becomes widespread, then perhaps we should review their payscales accordingly?
Its guidance published yesterday firmly plays down the need for officers to show bravery in the course of their duty if they make a 'personal choice' not to.