There are a lot of posts this evening about the emergency services who on this festive evening will be working just the same as any other day of the year. With heavy rain and bad weather on the way and both incidents and response times on the up, it will be far from the lazy Christmas many of us will have.
They will be missing this ..........
Perhaps even this .........
But hypocrites they most certainly aren't
unlike ACO Dave Walton of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue who committed a twitter faux pas today that we personally think was an insult to the committed operational staff of WYFRS who are working over the festive period.
Today, Christmas Eve he tweeted this
But on the 22nd he tweeted this.
We have to confess we do love his tweet about Ignoring media hype about firefighters with truncheons & cops with hoses-Is move to Home Office good for FRS?
Which we basically interpret as "@?*& goes my chance to be a CFO"
With the magnificent total of 39 votes we suspect many in the Chief Fire Officers Association members at Birkenshaw agree with him it's not a great idea. Let's face it who would want Theresa May as your boss!
We will no doubt talk more about the police and crime commissioners in 2016.
But for now there are just two things
1. to David Williams , West Yorks FBU brigade secretary who burst out laughing when he heard I had a spinning wheel - been warned sweetie with another FOUR YEARS of cuts coming you might just end up with the FRS equivalent - a bucket of water.
2. Santa has brought our present a little early - the site is still under construction but ladies and gentlemen we present (da da daaaa)
We read with interest the article in Bradford's Telegraph and Argus that states that a land swap is to be done between West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue and Incommunities a local housing association and it is to be questioned by Government Inspectors.
Perhaps the question really to be asked should be - can the land at Idle be used for anything other than a fire station?
Well actually we know the answer to that
NO - it can't
In fact the deeds are very specific
"For the benefit
of the said Summerfield Estate at Idle belonging to
the Vendors or the
part thereof for the time being remaining unsold and
so as to bind the
property hereby conveyed the Corporation hereby
covenant with the
Vendors that they the Corporation will not erect or
permit to be erected
thereon or on any part thereof any building other
than a Fire Station or
building ancillary thereto and will not carry on
or permit to be
carried on upon any part of the said property any noisy
noxious or offensive trade or business other than as aforesaid."