The Welsh Assembly has ordered an inquiry into a chronic funding shortage in the emergency services in South Wales.
In particular the inquiry will be asked to look into the excessive funding required to service the small village of Pontypandy, which has an abnormal number of diverse emergency incidents for its population, thereby requiring not only a full complement of fire appliances but also full time rescue helicopter, quad bike, 4x4 and RIB.
A significant number of the incidents have allegedly been caused by a single individual who cannot be named for legal reasons due to his age. Questions have been raised as to why a prosecution has not been brought, however local Fire Officer Steele is reported to have said that he prefers to take an
educationalapproach when dealing with the young man responsible.
Chief Fire Officer Boyce, in overall command of the area which includes Pontypandy, pointed out that they had hoped to subsidise the Service from selling the TV rights to a fly on the wall documentary series, however so far interest had been limited to children’s TV channels.
It is anticipated that the inquiry will also be asked to look into the use of official uniforms when off duty including when moonlighting by officers. In particular it has been said that one fire officer continues to wear his uniform to play a superhero in his off duty hours as the self-styled
hero next door.