Thursday, August 31, 2006

Fireman Demoted

How long will it be before something like this happens in this country? Or has it started already? Fireman demoted for refusing to attend gay festival
A fireman who refused to hand out safety leaflets at a homosexual pride march has been demoted. Eight of his colleagues who also refused to attend the Pride Scotia parade in June have been told they must undergo intensive "diversity training", following a series of disciplinary hearings. After several days of deliberation, senior officers at Strathclyde Fire and Rescue (SFR) today announced the nine would receive written warnings for disobeying orders. The demoted fireman faces a salary cut of up to £5,000. The men's refusal to hand out the leaflets represented a "fundamental breach of their core responsibilities", it was judged.
Since when is passing out pamphlets for a homosexual event a "core responsibility" for a fireman? And here I grew up thinking that firemen fight fires, rescue people, and generally make life a little safer for us all. I guess I got it all wrong.