Read this sweet, heartwarming story about a fire crew using infra-red cameras and similar kit to search for a child’s lost hamster. Aaah, isn’t it sweet?
My first reaction was – err, no it fucking isn’t, it’s a fucking outrage and whichever idiot fire crew leader decided this would be a good idea should be put on a disciplinary, since it means that if there’s actually a real emergency that matters then the firemen won’t be immediately available to deal with it.
Having re-read the piece a couple of times, it sounds more like the firemen in question carried out the search while off-duty. While I’m not entirely convinced they ought to be using expensive search kit off-duty, that would be somewhat fairer. However, I’m amazed that the fire brigade’s PR person didn’t point this out – her statement of:
The call related to a hamster that was trapped behind a wall. They got a Fibroscope camera and put that down under the floorboards to see if they could find it.
…implies a public emergency call, thereby cementing the image of her officers as cluefucks, whilst also encouraging idiots and morons from the general public to follow suit next time they’re missing a 99p rodent.