2019-08-12 08:34:50 UTC
As widely reported locally though not quite so much nationally, an
elderly peoples' care complex was burnt to the ground in Crewe, Cheshire
In the event of a fire in the premises, the Fire Service had previously
issued a 'stay put' policy, "we will come and save you"!
The first attending Fire Chief on seeing the ferocity of the fire
ordered an immediate evacuation, clearly in breach of his own Rescue
Later he was commended by the Assistant Chief Fire Officer for Cheshire,
as had he not ordered this immediate evacuation, then possibly several
lives would have been lost!
It has made me very emotional that someone arrived with enough common
sense and defy the bullshit rules and went on to save many lives!
Of the reports I have read, his name wasn't mentioned but this guy is a
As an aside, a friend of mine, living about 15 minutes from Crewe asked
the very same Fire And Rescue Service for advice as to what she might do
in the event of a fire in her ground floor detached home. "Stay put, we
will come and get you".
Wasn't 'stay put' the official policy in the event of fire at Grenfell
Tower two years ago? And while the fire festered for several hours many
of the people who 'stayed put', stayed put and died!
Will we ever learn?
One hundred and fifty elderly, many of whom disabled, were safely
evacuated from the Crewe fire, no lives lost, no injuries. A major win
for all involved in the rescue.