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The Nanny State Chronicles

Alison Hume, 44, lay injured 60 feet down a mineshaft outside her home in Galston, Ayrshire, Scotland, calling for help. Firefighters were there, but “health and safety rules” prevented them from rescuing her. According to fire department regulations, their equipment is only to be used to rescue themselves, not members of the public, an inquest heard. Fire officials say all 18 firefighters at the scene had the training needed to rescue the mother of two, but a memo from the Strathclyde Fire and Rescue chiefs forbade them from performing such rescues. After six hours a specialized team of “mountain rescue experts” brought Hume up, but she died on the way to the surface. (RC/Edinburgh Scotsman) ...Sure, but no firefighters were injured, and they didn’t get their nice uniforms dirty.
Original Publication Date: 21 March 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 16.
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