Ask anyone (or most people) in the emergency services what is one of the most annoying things which they have to deal with when trying to do their job, and they will tell you that it’s having to pay lip service to the ‘individuals’ who try and offer their ‘expert’ advice whilst our colleagues deal with critical incidents.
Don’t get me wrong; we are all entitled to an opinion…And, of course, I am not referring to the brave individuals who actually help the emergency services when needed.
Instead, I am specifically talking about the individuals who interfere; who try to actually tell you how to do your job.
Offering such unwelcome ‘advice’ to the emergency services whilst they try to manage an incident where people’s lives could be at stake is about as wanted as a pus filled boil.
Most people are happy just to put the world to rights on Facebook, having never actually had any experience of dealing with anything other than delayed trains to work, or perhaps running out of milk at the local ‘Happy Shopper’ convenience store.
So why do some people insist on, for example, telling Police Officers who are trying to handcuff someone who has just robbed an old lady at knifepoint, that they are using ‘excessive force’?
Have they ever tried to apprehend a knifeman by asking them politely to stop running, and to sit on the floor until the Police van arrives?
Of course they haven’t! So wind your neck in and let the rozzers do the job they are trained for!
Or what about the individual who has completed their First Aid at Work Certificate trying to tell Medics how to best stop someone from bleeding at the scene of a Road Traffic Collision!?
Do these people really think that a two hour session on how to bandage a papercut is in any way relevant to a highly trained Medic?!
Or perhaps the member of public who attempts to give advice to Firefighters on where best to aim their jet of water when trying to extinguish a raging inferno at the local industrial estate…
The problem is real my friends.
If you are reading this and you happen to be the sort of person we are referring to, then please remember that your ‘words of advice’ will fall on deaf ears…
And there is a chance that our colleagues at the scene, might share their experiences of their encounter with you via a blog in our fortnightly subscriber only eMagazine: ‘S__ts & Giggles’.
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It’s just that we have a section in our eMagazine entitled ‘C__kwomble Award’….. #JustSaying