Read the full article on Daily Record: Firefighter writes moving letter describing his ‘guilt, shame and anger’ after crew was stopped from helping Manchester attack victims
Firefighters were only permitted to deploy 90 minutes after the incident – despite waiting in a station less than a mile from the scene.
A firefighter has written a harrowing letter describing the “guilt, shame and anger” his crew feels after being stopped from helping victims following the Manchester Arena attack .
Rank-and-file firefighters are furious at the decisions made by senior management during the deadly bombing on Monday evening which left 22 dead and 119 injured.
Crews at Manchester Central – situated less than a mile from the site of the attack – were alerted within minutes of the explosion.
It was another 90 minutes before any firefighters were deployed, for reasons which currently remain unclear.
Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, has ordered a review into what happened and called for people “not to jump to conclusions” in the meantime.
But it is clear firefighters who found themselves watching the horrific events unfold on TV when they could have been helping are furious.
In a letter shared by Save the UK Fire Service one wrote: “I would personally like to apologise to the people of Manchester, the victims and their families because I was part of a service that you depend on and we weren’t there when you needed us….
“We pleaded with our high ranking officers to let us go but that got declined on numerous occasions.”
It went on: “The past few nights I have felt nothing but guilt, feeling ashamed and feeling let down by senior officers who didn’t have the balls to commit us. ”
“Young children were dying and we weren’t there to help.
“I did not sign up to the best job in the world to turn my back!
“ I have personally had numerous fatalities before, that being fires, rtcs, cardiac arrests etc…. But felt no guilt because I tried my best….. Not this time…..
“We were only 1/2 a mile away from helping. 1/2 a mile away from potentially saving lives and this will always stick with me forever.
“Personally I’m now feeling guilt, ashamed and angry.”