5.0 out of 5 stars
Call the Fire Brigade, 30 Oct 2012
This book by Allan Grice has highlighted the qualities necessary, as the Officer-in-Charge of a local Fire Station. This lonely role of management, in an emergency service, has for the first time been revealed. He has uniquely, combined in his revelation's, a series of sensitive observations on the environment & social conditions, of the locality in which he was based. A compilation of his fire-fighting experiences in the 70's, but they are still relevant to our times.
An individual in charge of the 'first attendance' at a fire or otherwise, will have the lone 'immediacy of decision and responsibility' thrust upon them. The efficiency in dealing with such a situation and its successful outcome, will be dependent on those initial decisions of that person. Allan Grice has endeavoured to portray, from his experiences, the awesome responsibility for positive decision and actions which is required in any serious emergency situation, particularly where life is at risk.
One can only imagine the rapid but diciplined actions that might be required of a 'fire & rescue officer' on first arrival at a motorway incident. This may have occurred in the hours of darkness, during early morning 'rush hour' or in bad weather.
The scene can be occasionally viewed on our TV screens, as a tangled mass of cars, lorries & other commercial vehicles. The viewer will not be aware of the smell of diesel & petrol leaking from ruptured fuel tanks. Nor, the cries for help from persons trapped in their vehicles, plus stunned & shocked persons waiting close-by for assistance and reassurance. Any one of us driving on a major road could be involved in such a scenario, within seconds. It is such a person as portrayed by Allan Grice, on whom we would depend for assistance.
Surely, this is a book that must be read by those contemplating a career in the Fire & Rescue Service. Any other reader will find the accounts of rescues and fire-fighting both thrilling & enthralling. It is a good read, as well as being a tribute to all our firefighters.