Monday, 29 December 2008

Now This Act Of Political Correctness Could Kill,

whilst I am a bit tongue in cheek about my posts concerning the PC brigade, in this act of total madness we have put firecrews and ourselves at risk, many years ago the station officer at Chelsea fire station commented that to enable ladies into operational roles, wights, times and distances were reduced, now do not get me wrong if a lady passes the fitness test that's fine but, instead of picking up a 180lb person and in 60 seconds run 100 meters, a lady firefighter had to pick up a 120lb person and in 90 seconds run 80 meters, in other words she would not be able to save any of her colleagues if they were unconscious or most people she was trained to save, now that puts many peoples lives at risk, but as usual the PC brigade have won regardless of the risk, this is a quote from the article, Officials at the Local Government Association, which is pressing the quotas on fire authorities, said that an increased number of women firemen is necessary 'to meet the needs of local people'. But critics warn that they are placing their targets above the need for fitness and strength. Susie Squire, of the Taxpayers' Alliance, said: 'Introducing this sort of quota to the fire service is a big mistake. If ever there was a job that should be awarded on merit and physical fitness, it is that of a firefighter. (my italics) 'It is ludicrous that political correctness is being put above the ability to save lives.' She added: 'This quota system will not only cost taxpayers money by introducing additional and unnecessary administration, but could risk the safety of all of us in the long run.'

and in response,

Anthony Duggan, head of fire services at the Local Government Association, said: 'The fire service needs to be representative of the area it serves. It is important that the fire service attracts more women and ethnic minorities so that it can work more effectively in partnership with local authorities and other organisations to meet the needs of local people.' Mr Duggan called for a 'culture change' and said that asking authority members to sign the diversity charter 'will show that those who are making the strategic decisions are serious about getting a greater mix of people working in the service'.

all I can say is that I wish Mr. Anthony Duggan needs rescuing and the only crew available is all female, ones that could not pass the test that males have to pass.

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