Don’t forget the other emergency services
For this week’s editorial I wanted to reflect on the other emergency services that seem to get so little press, but which provide such a vital service.
I am talking here about the emergency services embedded within our armed forces.
Normally when I have mentioned this the response is “Oh yes! You mean the military police.” This is probably because of the nature of their work – they are quite often to be seen out and about “off base” in their vehicles, particularly at garrison towns or near Navy and RAF bases.
They do a wonderful job of course – as does also the medical services within the armed forces- but my photojournalism has tended to be more about the RAF Fire Service.
Now despite 30 years working for the local press, I have to say that neither I nor any of my colleagues classmates ourselves as “ambulance chasers”. For that reason what you see here are training exercises at RAF Wittering just over the border from Rutland.
I have to say that this particular exercise was (from my lay person view) extremely realistic – and I was overwhelmed by the professionalism of the young people involved in the Fire and Rescue rehearsal.
As we rightly laud the efforts of our civilian emergency services, and of the Armed Forces, let’s remember that there is yet another class of hero – those who work in the emergency services with the Armed Forces.
Now they are truly a force to be reckoned with.