Half of fire crews out of action

Posted: March 16, 2011 in Broken Britain

IlieThe bad state of Kent’s fire service was revealed yesterday as nearly half the crews went out of action.

Confidential up-to-the-minute figures obtained by KentOnline show 39 of the county’s 88 engines couldn’t respond to an emergency at 10am.

Thirty of those were grounded because of “insufficient crew”, six were listed as “off the run” and the final three were “defective”.

A further 24 were listed as likely to have a delayed response – meaning only 25 of Kent’s 88 engines were ready to go out many of those were due to the station being staffed by retained firefighters or crews attending training exercises.

Yesterday’s snapshot showed engines at Sandwich, Swanscombe, Cliffe, Hoo, Halling Chatham, Gillingham, Teynham, Queenborough and Eastchurch couldn’t be manned that morning.

Two of Larkfield’s three appliances were off the run and Hawkhurst, Tenderden and Swanley had insufficient crew.

Fire engines at Canterbury, Faversham and Thames-side were defective.

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and don’t go into hospital either!

The number of European nurses registering to work in Britain has almost doubled since strict checks on their competence – including language skills – were scrapped.

Officials were forced to abandon compulsory tests on medical knowledge and skills for some foreign applicants in October, because they breached EU rules.

In the five months since they were stopped, 1,436 nurses from European countries have signed up to work in hospitals and care homes in Britain, compared with just 857 in the preceding five months.

Previously, all nurses from EU member states wanting to work in Britain had to prove they had carried out at least 450 hours of work in their own country in the last three years.

Those who couldn’t were required to enrol on a ‘return to practice’ course at a university, usually lasting at least three months and involving regular theory and practical tests.

Although nurses were not directly tested on their language skills, they were unlikely to pass the course if their English was poor.

anyway cheer yourself up by watching a football match at give away prices but you have to be Polish

Bath City Football Club is virtually giving away tickets in an attempt to double its attendance figures but the £2.50 seats are only available to Polish immigrants.

The 80% discount is part of a campaign by Bath City Football Club to attract its first 3,000-plus crowd to a regular league match since 1978.

Officials hope to double the average attendance of 1,300 at Twerton Park at the home clash with Grimsby Town on Saturday.

The policy has enraged supporters who pay £13 for a terrace view and £14 for a seat.

Bath City bosses say they are simply ‘reaching out’ to a minority group and the move has been cleared by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

However some fans say that ‘Campaign 3,000’ amounts to discrimination and the club should be rewarding its followers instead.

Too right, boycott the game to teach the club a lesson!

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