reply to post by research100
That is crazy. I have heard about things like this before, and it strikes me that there are several things wrong with the way that things are done
First is the regulations. Any regulations which stand between a person, and saving the life of another, should not exist, and cannot be enforced with
any moral legitimacy what so ever. In short, a member of the emergency services should not be beholden to any regulation which might stay their hand,
and should not be at risk of reprimand should they go beyond the bounds of those regulations, in the pursuit of saving a life, nor should their loved
ones be docked pension or death payouts, in the event that their family member die in the pursuit of saving a life, even if the attempt was made in
contravention of those regulations.
Second, litigious persons. The morons who sue someone who has saved their life, are responsible for the manner in which regulations are enforced
these days. Departments can no longer allow infractions of their rules, in order to facilitate the continued employment of hero grade personnel,
because to do so would cost them too much in legal fees and payouts. By hero grade, I do not mean men and women who save lives within the bounds of
the rules (and I seek to take NOTHING away from them in so saying), but those who risk EVERYTHING in order to save lives, their lives, their jobs,
their own families future well being, the lot. These people are rare, but to have persons such as this in an emergency service team, is beneficial to
all parties, except the legal department.
The fickle nature of man. This refers of course, to those citizens who pay more attention to the legal ramifications of an action, than the moral
implications of a failure to act. It used to be, that a citizen who witnesses an incident, and sees some hero walk through the fires of hell to save a
life, would merely say to themselves "what a legendary badass" and either attempt to emulate in their own lives the best of what they saw in the
behemoth who just saved a school full of kids, or draw comic books which exalt such values. Nowadays, there is always some malignant jerk who will
stand there afterward screaming about council by laws and infringements, or some property owner wailing about damage done to facilitate access, or
some other thing. It used to be that communities would pull round a hero, but no more.