How To Lose The Goodwill Of The British Public…

A cat stuck up a tree, a seagull trapped in brambles and a cow stranded in a ditch may not get a free rescue from firefighters in future.

Changes to the Localism Act now allows fire and rescue services to introduce fees and charges to animal rescue jobs – and faulty lift callouts – as long as they consult the public first.

I’m confident that – should they carry out a totally above-board consultation – the overwhelming response will be ‘No, you should not charge for this’…

A spokeswoman from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are considering whether to charge for animal rescues and indeed lift rescues in the future.

“We always recommend that people call a wildlife charity first – not the fire and rescue service.”

And just how are you going to charge for ‘lift rescues’? Expect the poor trapped people to pass a credit card through the gap in the lift doors?

9 comments for “How To Lose The Goodwill Of The British Public…

  1. Tedioustantrums
    February 16, 2015 at 9:15 am

    that’ll be the Fire & Rescue service trained and equiped by the taxpayer and rarely going out to douse fires etc. The less they do the more time they have to “train”, play pool and think up silly nicknames for each other. They use up their copious days off by working cash in hand jobs.

    The politicians are always saying how wonderful the fire service is, it works because the taxpayers pay for it.

    Sigh…

  2. February 16, 2015 at 9:20 am

    The one and only time I found an animal in distress, I called NOT the fire service because that would be dumb and someone could die in a fire waiting for the crew to rescue a cat, but the RSPCA, let me rephrase I attempted to call the RSPCA for assistance, after several trips around the automated phone line, and despite pressing the number for EMERGENCY assistance nearly an hour later I still had not talked to a human being about the distressed animal I had found. An hour and 3/4 later I finally got a person, the response…. “well we are very short staffed and over worked and by the time we get there it will probably have gone” Me, “yes and if I hadn’t spent 2 hours in your phone system there is a chance it could still have been found and helped” Thank you so much for your assistance and I hung up. I used to donate regularly to the RSPCA until that day, I have never donated again since. Watching the chief exec do his sickening TV add looking down his nose and telling us how “he knows times are tough” on his £160k a year salary convinced me that the PDSA were far worthier recipients of my donations and they at least are interested in animal welfare.It’s no wonder so many people call the fire brigade.

    • john in cheshire
      February 16, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      I think the RSPCA can be regarded nowadays as a fake charity in that a large amount of its income is obtained not from voluntary donations from people such as you and me but from the government; ie. Taxpayers’money.

  3. Ed P
    February 16, 2015 at 10:45 am

    If the Fire Brigade will not respond, offer to shoot the trapped animal (not those in the lift): they’ll be along in double-quick time. But of course not to rescue the little mite, just to take away your (legally-held) weapon.
    I’m not sure why they changed the name from Fire Brigade to Fire & Rescue Service, when the rescue part is a joke and a service it’s not.

  4. Mudplugger
    February 16, 2015 at 11:05 am

    In some parts of the less-developed world to the east, if your house catches fire and the local fire-service turns up, the first job they do is to start negotiating with the you about how much you are prepared to pay for the fire putting out. A rather time-pressured haggle ensues.
    How long before our bunch of overpaid, molly-coddled, part-time window-cleaners, decorators and ping-pong experts latch onto that little scam?

  5. Greg Tingey
    February 16, 2015 at 11:28 am

    You can’t have it both ways …..
    EITHER it is a STATE-FUNDED (read evil “socialist”) Fire / Rescue service that deals with everything & then you’ll complain that it is inefficient & costs too much
    OR
    You can revert to a fully private Fire service, which can, because it is a commercial organisation, pick & choose what it will or will not respond to & then you’ll moan on that rescues are not performed….

    Please make up your tiny minds?

    • February 16, 2015 at 11:40 am

      Yes but as people are saying, it’s the state service, paid for by us, which doesn’t do its job.

      • john in cheshire
        February 16, 2015 at 2:31 pm

        James, quite so. Isn’t the old saying about knowing the cost of everything and the value of nowt applicable here? If this is implemented, people will stop calling them, animals will suffer and there will be an increase in cases where those in need of help will not get it. There will be the inevitable bad publicity and the firemen will lose the public’s good will. The only people who will emerge unscathed will be the assholes who make these asinine proposals.

  6. February 16, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Ahh, happy days when I was in uniform, watching my troops to go off and play firemen when the proper firepersons were on strike for higher wages which were already three times the pay the troops had.

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