'Don’t be stupid... leave fires to us!', firefighters' message to man injured tackling blaze

'Don’t be stupid... leave fires to us!', firefighters' message to man injured tackling blaze

'Don’t be stupid... leave fires to us!', firefighters' message to man injured tackling blaze

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A SENIOR firefighter has criticised two workmen who suffered burns while trying to put out a fire at a barn.

Four other people were treated for smoke inhalation following the blaze at The Paddocks, in Lower Dunton Road, Dunton.

Station officer Geoff Wheal, from Corringham Fire Station, said: “These men were hurt attempting to tackle the fire.

“Incidents like this show how important it is to get out and wait for fire crews to arrive.

“We have the training and protective equipment to deal with fires properly and in attempting to tackle a fire themselves, people are only going to end up getting hurt.”

The fire broke out at The Paddocks, which houses dogs and horses, at about 4.15pm on Monday night.

One of the people who was treated for smoke inhalation was taken to Basildon Hospital.

An employee at the farm, who did not want to give her name, said the two injured men were carrying out work on the site.

She said: “When the fire started, they tried to pull the hay out of the barn that was burning.

“We still don’t knowwhat happened, but everyone is OK and the person whowas taken to hospital, was released last night.

“The animals here, the horses and dogs, are also OK.”

The fire was in a shed that measured three by eight metres.

Ten per cent of the straw was alight.

Crews extinguish the fire by 5.38pm.

The four people suffering from smoke inhalation were placed in the care of the Ambulance Service.

Essex Police do not think the fire was suspicious.

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5:19pm Thu 21 Aug 14

John Bull 40 says...

"Don't be stupid", stop striking and do your job.
"Don't be stupid", stop striking and do your job. John Bull 40
  • Score: 4

5:22pm Thu 21 Aug 14

landydave says...

I dare say they were trying to save their hay rather than waiting for the fire brigade to come and cover everything in water.
I dare say they were trying to save their hay rather than waiting for the fire brigade to come and cover everything in water. landydave
  • Score: 3

9:13pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Cliff West says...

I wonder if he really said don't be stupid or is this the press exaggerating .
I wonder if he really said don't be stupid or is this the press exaggerating . Cliff West
  • Score: 0

7:34am Fri 22 Aug 14

Kim Gandy says...

A lot of nasty comments about the Fire Brigade. Tell me, do you know what they strike about?

I suggest you look into what they put up with from their ludicrous "management".. things like spending money on solar panels in fire stations instead of extra staff or equipment. And executives driving around in 40 grand cars.

And any one of you would eat your words if , later today, one of them saved your life.

As usual, comments from people who wouldn't put their own lives at risk for others but are ready to criticise those who do.
A lot of nasty comments about the Fire Brigade. Tell me, do you know what they strike about? I suggest you look into what they put up with from their ludicrous "management".. things like spending money on solar panels in fire stations instead of extra staff or equipment. And executives driving around in 40 grand cars. And any one of you would eat your words if , later today, one of them saved your life. As usual, comments from people who wouldn't put their own lives at risk for others but are ready to criticise those who do. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 14

7:35am Fri 22 Aug 14

Kim Gandy says...

Cliff West wrote:
I wonder if he really said don't be stupid or is this the press exaggerating .
This is what was actually said:

Station officer Geoff Wheal, from Corringham Fire Station, said: “These men were hurt attempting to tackle the fire.

“Incidents like this show how important it is to get out and wait for fire crews to arrive.

“We have the training and protective equipment to deal with fires properly and in attempting to tackle a fire themselves, people are only going to end up getting hurt.”

Press exaggerating? Wash your mouth out! ;D
[quote][p][bold]Cliff West[/bold] wrote: I wonder if he really said don't be stupid or is this the press exaggerating .[/p][/quote]This is what was actually said: Station officer Geoff Wheal, from Corringham Fire Station, said: “These men were hurt attempting to tackle the fire. “Incidents like this show how important it is to get out and wait for fire crews to arrive. “We have the training and protective equipment to deal with fires properly and in attempting to tackle a fire themselves, people are only going to end up getting hurt.” Press exaggerating? Wash your mouth out! ;D Kim Gandy
  • Score: -1

9:10am Fri 22 Aug 14

RuleBritania says...

The men only got called stupid because they failed. If they had succeeded they're have been hailed as heroes!
The men only got called stupid because they failed. If they had succeeded they're have been hailed as heroes! RuleBritania
  • Score: 5

12:13pm Fri 22 Aug 14

MarcelloM says...

RuleBritania wrote:
The men only got called stupid because they failed. If they had succeeded they're have been hailed as heroes!
As we say back in Italy, the difference between a mad man and a genius is measured only by his success!
[quote][p][bold]RuleBritania[/bold] wrote: The men only got called stupid because they failed. If they had succeeded they're have been hailed as heroes![/p][/quote]As we say back in Italy, the difference between a mad man and a genius is measured only by his success! MarcelloM
  • Score: 3

12:30pm Fri 22 Aug 14

RuleBritania says...

MarcelloM wrote:
RuleBritania wrote:
The men only got called stupid because they failed. If they had succeeded they're have been hailed as heroes!
As we say back in Italy, the difference between a mad man and a genius is measured only by his success!
Nice quote and very true!
[quote][p][bold]MarcelloM[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RuleBritania[/bold] wrote: The men only got called stupid because they failed. If they had succeeded they're have been hailed as heroes![/p][/quote]As we say back in Italy, the difference between a mad man and a genius is measured only by his success![/p][/quote]Nice quote and very true! RuleBritania
  • Score: 2

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