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calendar   Friday - April 13, 2012

elf ‘n’ safety and a vote against competition

Were there any rules like this when we were kids in the olden times?

Two volunteer football coaches have been suspended – for allowing kids to play competitively against each other.

A couple of volunteer coaches who spend hours of their time running a junior league, are to be taken to task and have been ordered to stop their activity, after receiving a complaint.  That’s how it was reported. A complaint. I take that as meaning just one goof ball wasn’t happy but hey. That’s all it takes is one.
However, just to get it straight and be fair it should be explained that these miscreants did violate a very important rule.

They breached regs which clearly state that there is a ban on kiddies under the age of 11, from taking part in competitive matches, as per the Central Wales Football Assoc.
Here’s a quote for ya BMEWS.

To protect the losing side, rules dictate that teams belonging to the league must play each other on a friendly basis, with no league table or points being recorded.
In England, the Football Association imposes a similar rule banning under-eights from playing competitive league and cup games.

The coaches, who commit around 1,000 hours a year to organising junior football, were accused of flouting anti-competition rules by organising an additional ‘festival of football’ tournament this season.

The coaches’ suspension takes effect from next year.

Now then, is it any surprise to anyone that you will read the following in this morning’s Daily Mail.  The story above is the sort of thing that leads to the article below.  And just like Drew’s story posted about the New Hampshire gun owner and comments made asking what this world was coming to, well take a look. It’s come to this and it is not the first time in the last year we have read about this kind of lunacy. What makes it so miserable and so dangerous is, there are authorities in power who believe in this kind of thing.  And enforce it against all logic.

25 firemen who scrambled to rescue a seagull from a 3ft-deep pond refused to wade in because of regulations - leaving it to Joe Public to save the bird

· Emergency crews forced to watch as bird centre volunteer dons waders and rescues bird from waist deep waters
· Health and safety rules prevented firefighters from risking their lives in the shallow pond
· It is the latest in a string of incidents in which health and safety rules have left 999 crews powerless during an emergency
By ELEANOR HARDING and MARK DUELL

It looked like a major emergency – 25 firemen standing at the water’s edge assessing the life-threatening situation before them.
Stranded 200ft out and struggling for survival was the victim they had come to rescue...a seagull.

And if that scenario were not ludicrous enough, there was worse to come.
The firemen were then barred from going into the 3ft-deep water because it was judged to be a health and safety risk.
As crews from five fire engines stood beside the pond in South London for up to an hour, it fell to a member of the public to pull on his waders and rescue the bird, which was caught up in a plastic bag.

Ted Burden, who watched the seagull incident unfold, said: ‘The bird must have been in the water for the best part of an hour by the time he was rescued.
‘The plastic bag was caught right around his foot and he was gradually sinking.
‘It was a bit ridiculous really. Five fire crews turned up, but because of protocols they couldn’t go into the water. The water was not really any more than waist deep.

‘The gull was rescued just in time. When their feathers become too waterlogged, they get hypothermic and drown.
‘Luckily the gull escaped uninjured. He was just a bit shocked.’

The firemen attended Carshalton Ponds in South London at 2pm on Saturday, responding to a call from the RSPCA, which had been contacted by a passer-by.
Crews arrived from Sutton, Wallington and Croydon fire stations. There were no police or health and safety officers present.

After a health-and-safety assessment it was decided not to allow the trained rescuers to enter the water, as it would put their lives at risk.
A London Fire Brigade spokesman defended the numbers of firemen sent out, saying it was a standard response to an animal being in trouble.
But she added: ‘We are not willing to put the lives of our firefighters at risk for the sake of a seagull.

Defies logic. Why is it standard procedure to send out all those guys if three feet of water in a pond is life threatening, to a group trained in safety and saving lives?  Read the entire article. Authorities knew from the get go it was a bird in trouble. But apparently it might not have mattered if it was a person as we know by now.

‘Our firefighters get called out to lots of different incidents and never know what they’re going to find when they get there.
‘At any incident we need to make sure we have enough staff on hand in case something goes wrong and to ensure that our firefighters, and the public, are safe at all times.’
The fire service later stated that not all the crews had remained at the scene for an hour.
However, a brigade source said firemen were frustrated by the strict protocols they had to follow, which sometimes did not fit the real situations they had to deal with.
The source added: ‘Although we have the facilities to effect a rescue, we are not allowed to do it for a bird. There is no leeway.’

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England can thank its lucky star it wasn’t this generation of wimps in charge in 1940. 

Bet there are some Germans who wish they had been.


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