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I t sounds barmy doesn't it, the London Fire Brigade telling people about men putting their genitals where they shouldn't? But the fact of the matter is people put body parts in strange places all the time, get stuck, and then call us out to release them. We're not just talking one or two; our crews have been called out to over 1, "unusual" incidents since — that's more than one a day. Granted, they're not all penis-related, but some are very silly: people with loo seats on their he, a man with his arm trapped in a portable toilet, adults stuck in children's toys, someone with a test tube on his finger.
And a lot of handcuffs.
More than 25 people call us out every year to release them from these. I don't know whether it's the Fifty Shades effect or not, but I can tell you this, most are Fifty Shades of Red by the time we turn up in a big, red fire engine with our equipment to cut them out.
We launched our campaign, FiftyShadesofRedin a bid to highlight some of the less conventional incidents we've attended over the past few years. We tweeted about the incidents from ourLondonFirewhich certainly raised a few eyebrows, not least among some of my international firefighting colleagues who were surprised to see us putting it all out there, so to speak.
This included nine instances of men with rings stuck in awkward places; nine people with their hands stuck in blenders and shredders; numerous people with their hands stuck in letterboxes; with a tambourine on its head … the list goes on. We've even been called out to rescue a man whose penis was stuck in a toaster. The mind boggles but the message is serious: use some common sense and remember we're an emergency service and should be treated as such. It all seems like a bit of fun, but actually when people call us out in these circumstances, they perhaps don't realise that our firefighters are then not available to attend genuine emergencies, such as fires.
Yes, accidents do happen, and sometimes situations can't be avoided, but I think an awful lot of these incidents could be prevented if people applied some good, old-fashioned common sense. Using handcuffs? Wear the key round your neck.
Potty training a toddler? Watch them like a hawk so they don't end up with it stuck on their head. Like wearing rings? Lovely, but if they're too small, don't force them on. Yet despite many of these call-outs being a bit wacky, they can also be very stressful and painful to those trapped, and some are potentially life-threatening. People getting trapped in machinery, or falling on to fences and getting impaled spring to mind. I'd like to reassure everyone that if there is a genuine emergency, and someone's in need of our help, we will of course always attend.
Short of asking everyone to live in sterile white boxes, I'll off by asking everyone to take care — for your own sake, and for the sake of the fire brigade, whose time is sometimes wasted by people doing daft things. Opinion Firefighters.
This article is more than 8 years old. Dave Brown. Our FiftyShadesofRed campaign is deed to remind people we should be attending fires, not tambourines on he or yet another handcuff incident. Tue 30 Jul Topics Firefighters Opinion Emergency services comment.
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Firefighters rescue man's penis from toaster - then warn people to start using "common sense"