In our humble opinion, it will only be a matter of time now until the retirement age of the men and women serving on the front line is pushed further and further back.
There has already been rumours that Firearms Officers serving on the thin blue line could soon be expected to work on the front line until they reach the young(ish) age of 68.
I, for one, cannot imagine that firearms officers will still be wanting to carry out armed raids at 0300 hours on a Sunday morning when they might have been doing the job for three decades.
But I could be wrong…..?
There has been rumours too within the ambulance service, that Medics will, at some point, be expected to still pick patients up from the floor who have fallen over until they reach the young(ish) age of 67…
But this expectation is not really feasible. Our bodies are not (yet) made out of steel requiring only WD40 in order to keep them going.
So it raises the question of who is actually coming up with these ideas and proposals?
Surely it must be someone who has never actually served on the front line of the emergency services?
Someone who has no comprehension as to how 12-hours of working through the night can affect your body (and mind).
I would like to see the individuals who come up with these ideas spend just 5 days completing a set of 14-hour shifts.
And then, just before they go to bed, I would ask them to envision the prospect of doing the same set of shifts when they are just about to hit the young(ish) age of 70…..
I think they would politely tell me to ‘foxtrot oscar’. And yet, they expect other people to do just that.
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