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The Daily Mail’s bird brained ‘elf and safety hysterics with the Carshalton Ponds firemen

by | 23rd, April 2012

WHEN the Daily Mail highlighted the madness of 25 “foremen” racing to save a bird in Carshalton Ponds, South London, we clacked our marmalade-coated tongues and knew if was ‘efl and safety gone mad.

The Daily Mail’s  Eleanor Harding and Mark Duell  (two tabloid writers for one bird in a pond?! ed) thundered:

It looked like a major emergency 25 firemen standing at the water’s edge assessing the life-threatening situation before them.Stranded 200ft out and struggling for survival was the victim they had come to rescue…a seagull.

And if that scenario were not ludicrous enough, there was worse to come.The firemen were then barred from going into the 3ft-deep water because it was judged to be a health and safety risk.

Why didn’t the person who called them wade in?

As crews from five fire engines stood beside the pond in South London for up to an hour, it fell to a member of the public to pull on his waders and rescue the bird, which was caught up in a plastic bag.

The Mail had its target. Her was a story that epitomsied the state of the country.

The editorial snarled:It shouldn’t take five minutes to work out that sending 25 firemen to help an ailing seagull and then forbidding them to risk three feet of water is – as the legendary Mr Littlejohn might say – proof that we’re all going to hell in a handcart.

Dominique Jackson  knows:

As the daughter of a firefighter, I find it difficult to join the brigade-bashing band wagons which roll on inevitably after incidents such as this one. Like the armed forces, firemen have to follow strict protocols and obey orders . Of course they do. They are usually dealing with bona fide emergencies, life and death situations.

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