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Protecting the protectors

Yet more officers have been seriously injured during the course of their duty.

Also 4 firefighters are believed dead doing what they do.

This is another piece of evidence that the Emergency Services deal with real and definate risk every single shift they work. REAL & DEFINATE RISK.

The people who can change things claim they recognise this risk. They are very quick to come out and identify the bravery and committment when someone pays the ultimate price for the dedication and bravery shown when they perform their duty, their jobs.

The recognition the Emergency services get is lauded when there is yet another fatality or serious injury yet treated with contempt when the penny pinching scrougers who advise and make policy get their think-tank brains into gear to see how much money they can save next. They face nothing more dangerous than the sharp end of an unfortunate paper cut.

The goodwill, dedication and committment of the emergency services, in these cases the Police and Fire Service, are treated with contempt and lack of respect for the job we do because those who should, refuse to understand the nature of what we do and the risks we face.

This is all to often backed up by a legal system that supports the offender and leaves the victims wondering who protects the protectors, especially when the protectors are often the victims themselves.

Clearly I do not see the bigger picture nor do I understand the problems the decision makers face. Be it within the senior ranks, local gov’t or in our nationally ‘elected’ representatives.

The picture I see is one where dedicated people who represent the emergency services go out on duty, are keen to do their jobs and are subject to lack of support and are greatly undervalued by those who could and should know better, those who hide behind allsorts of irrelevant trash because they haven’t got the bottle to stand up for those who get them out of the mire time after time after time.

Yet be realistic, what is going to be the net result ?

We will shafted over our pay, there will health & safety implications and somehow blame will be attached to the individual because they shouldn’t have done this or that and someone or something will be given an obscure form of victim status to divert the responsibility elsewhere. The fact that their committment, determination and sense of duty will count for very little.

The frontline delivery of our emergency services, the core business, will continue to be staffed by dedicated and brave people who want to make a difference, who want to make THE difference. There will continue to be lack of support in many ways for many individuals who perform these roles and those who undermine their efforts by lack of understanding and lack of support will continue in blind ignorance because their aims are so fundamentally different.


4 Responses

  1. Well said. Take heart though. There are those out there that do know. 9/11 changed the world in many ways. It truly brought to the forefront, those heroic, brave, tired individuals that both gave their lives that day, and all those that came in from all over to help search and clear rubble and attempt to save. It opened many peoples eyes to the jobs that are done, seeing those police, firefighters and EMS providers of every level working together. Many do care and realize the sacrifice. It isn’t an easy job. It’s hard on families, it’s hard on the individual. You can carry with you things others can not even imagine having seen, only it will be with you forever now; it becomes a part of you. Nice blog.

  2. I was reading recently about a survey (I know, I know, yet another!) where people were asked to say what salaries various jobs should receive. Most people responded that almost all are grossly overpaid, e.g. footballers earning over £100,000 per WEEK. At the bottom of the list of occupations, the tables were suddenly turned, when people insisted that Nurses and Police Officers are underpaid, and recommended a very large hike in wages. But then, who the hell is interested in what joe public wants?

  3. First of all…great blog.

    I, not too long ago, was sent to some thieves stealing from a hgv. These were proper criminals, all previous as long as my arm and all very big and very dangerous individuals. I arrived and (suprisingly) they were still committing the theft. me and only ONE other officer were the only officers left on sector and were on scene. I ran after them after they saw me. There was SIX of them. I ran across a very busy, duel carriageway which is an A road. I was in dark clothing and according to our ‘health and safety policy’ i should have been in a high vis, should have had coned the area off and had blues going. I ran after them, missed being struck down by another HGV my six feet, it done an emergency stop just before hitting me (whoever you are driver i owe you my life!!!!!) and i arrested one (he thought i had a tazer so stopped!!!! – says something that!!) and my crewmate hit his ‘suspect’ over the hear with a torch. Both were arrested and recieved substantial prison sentances after excellent detective work. I was very very proud of this job.

    I didnt get a commendation for this, i didnt get any well dones for nearly being mowen down by TWO HGV’s i got a…..your lucky not to be stuck on for doing that!!!!!

    Sums up you post really!!

    Why do we bother????!!!!

  4. You bother for people like me(I hope) – that appreciate and care about the dangers you all face every day. I have been so thankful for assistance I’ve had on a call, because you all were bigger and stronger than I. I’m only 5’2″ and some patients go 280 and more, and in my own life in the aid rendered during a crisis. You can add educators to the list of the underpaid. The jobs that really affect change seem to be sorely lacking in monetary compensation. I wonder why that is?

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