In Dumfries and Galloway, the figure stands at 24, while the other five brigades are receiving similar numbers of call-outs. Fire crews say they often have to improvise with canvas mats as stretchers and chief fire officers fear they could be sued if a firefighter is injured while lifting an obese person. Now, senior officers are to issue new guidelines warning crews to respond only to requests to lift morbidly obese patients in medical emergencies, on the advice of a doctor or paramedic. This prompted a review which revealed Strathclyde Fire and Rescue received a call from an obese man who wanted his television moved. They warned that the more frivolous calls, which are costing the force around 80,000 a year, were diverting staff from life-saving emergencies. More than one in five Scottish adults are classed as obese and by 2010, the figure will be almost one in three.Roddy Robertson, chairman of the Scottish Fire Brigades Union, said: ‘We are not trained in this type of activity and we don’t have the right equipment. We are not going to be a substitute for the NHS.’ David Wyne, chief fire officer of Dumfries and Galloway, said: ‘We need to work out a sensible way of using public resources to deal with a community issue.’ A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said talks were under way at a local level. He added: ‘It is hoped these talks will produce a national agreement between ourselves and the Scottish fire services.’ The revelation is one of around 200 call-outs Scots firefighters say they are having to attend each year from people who are too heavy to lift themselves. Crews in Tayside were called out 21 times to lift people who had fallen out of bed or were unable to lift themselves from the toilet. Officers were also called to four different addresses twice within 72 hours. It emerged last month that crews in Grangemouth, Stirlingshire, had been called four times in one week to move a 41-stone man. On one occasion, ten firefighters had to move Robert Marsden 2ft across his bed. He said: ‘We are getting calls from NHS 24 or social services asking us to put a person back into bed. This is an increasing drain and is unnecessary. The man complained he was too heavy to get up and move it himself. LONDON — A morbidly obese man called out firefighters in the United Kingdom to move his television simply because he could not see it, it emerged yesterday. Gerry Campbell, assistant chief fire officer of Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue service, conducted a review of call-outs for the Chief Fire Officers Association Scotland. ‘If a call comes from a GP or from ambulance personnel we will treat that as an emergency and attend.’ Mr Campbell’s review showed that firefighters in Strathclyde attended 18 calls this year to help overweight men and women.
Related Noah Webster Library (WEST HARTFORD, Conn.) — A long-overdue library book now has its own happy ending.Fifty-two years after being checked out at the Noah Webster Library in West Hartford, Connecticut, the book “Who Has Seen The Wind” by W.O. Mitchell is finally back on its shelf.It was originally due on Sept. 29, 1965.The library’s director, Martha Church, doesn’t know who returned the weathered book after all these years. But it arrived at the library with a sticky note on the front: “Returning this book to you after too many years. Sorry it has taken so long.”“A staff member brought it to me because she wasn’t sure what to do with it,” Church told ABC News of the mysterious return. “I said, ‘Well, why don’t you give it to me?’ With the note taped to the front, that’s kind of charming. I brought it upstairs to the staff who work on our Facebook page and website, and asked them if we could do something cute with it. It’s the one thing we’ve ever posted to Facebook that’s gotten this much attention.”Church, who has worked at the library for 40 years, said this is the longest a book had gone missing.“People do return long-overdue books, and that happens with some regularity. But 52 years is probably a record,” she said. “I don’t recall in all my time here that we’ve come across that. It was due back to us in September of ’65, so it was most likely checked out in August — a beach read, possibly.”She has never read the book herself, but after all the attention it has gotten, she now certainly plans to.“I read the fly leaf on it, and it sounds like it’s right up my alley,” Church said. “It’s a coming-of-age story up in Canada, in Saskatchewan.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico
BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer It’s been a rebuilding campaign for the Raritan High School field hockey team, but the Rockets have played much better than their 3-9-2 record might indicate. Despite its youth and a spate of injuries, Raritan has been competitive, earning ties with St. John Vianney and Red Bank Regional, and in losing by one goal to both those teams. The Rockets also lost a pair of one-goal games to Manasquan. “The girls have worked hard and their attitude is excellent,” coach Janet Citro said. “They’ve shown that they can pretty much play with anyone, but our inexperience really hurt us. On the other hand, what they learned this year will help us next season.” Citro was pleased with the play of her seniors, whom she credited with bringing along the newer players. Captain Kristin Langan is battling through a groin injury and has remained a presence in the middle, where she has scored a goal and added three assists. Maria Oliverio, another midfielder, also did a strong job despite a painful hip injury and also contributed a pair of goals. Forward Jean Coppola leads Raritan in scoring with eight goals and two assists, and Jamie Kosmoski has two tallies. Hard-working fullback Lauren Piro is a leader on defense. The Rockets have been without midfielder Michelle Rotella and fullback Lauren Gaudenzi, both of whom were injured during the summer while attending field hockey camp. Meanwhile, several talented juniors are gaining valuable experience, including forwards Allison Darakjy, Jackie Castro and Jackie Gerhardt; midfielder Adrienne Pannullo; and fullbacks Carleigh Dufford and Michele Steiner. Versatile sophomore Jess Sanchez has shown promise in the backfield, and goalie Jackie Wood has been a pleasant surprise. Wood came to Citro prior to the season and volunteered to play goal. The athletic sophomore has been outstanding. “Jackie Wood is a great competitor,” Citro said. “Jackie has kept us in games with her play. She was a forward who had never played goal before and she stepped in and has done a great job. She stopped 25 shots against St. John Vianney to keep that game tied. She’s just going to get better and better — the whole team is. We have a lot to build with for next year.” Raritan still has at least two games left, against Neptune and Howell, but the Rockets are hoping to add a few more matches. “The girls want to keep on playing. That’s a good sign,” Citro said. Round-up… While Raritan will not be seeing any postseason action, a number of local teams are looking for solid runs in the upcoming state tournament. Meanwhile, in Shore Conference Tournament play, Middletown North, who improved to 10-3-2 with a 3-0 blanking of Rumson-Fair Haven on Saturday, was set to travel to Manasqaun for its quarterfinal round game on Monday. The Lions have put together a stellar season despite facing a challenging A North schedule this year, and are certainly battle-tested now that the postseason has arrived. While North was hoping to challenge for the SCT title, the Lions will also have their eyes on the Central Jersey Group IV tournament, which will start next week. Among the other local teams to qualify for the state tournament (the deadline was Saturday — teams needed a record of .500 or better to qualify) were Middletown South, who at 7-6-1 is in a similar situation as its cross-town rival after playing in A North this fall; St. John Vianney, who just got in at 6-6-3; Holmdel, another close call at 7-7; and Keyport, who has impressed on its way to a 10-6-1 mark this fall.