FIRE Editor Andrew Lynch reflects on the urgent need for FIRE’s Charter for Resilience and why political leaders need to up their game.
A building fire rages. Residents are trapped inside. Fire crews are assembled outside awaiting instructions.
The Government Minister asks the Incident Commander why he isn’t issuing orders to fight the fire and send in BA crews. “We’re waiting for the scientists to tell us which way the fire will spread,” says the Incident Commander, shouting to be heard above the screams.
“Oh, ok then,” says the Government Minister. “As long as you’re following the science.”
The Cynic may say that little fable was inspired by the snail-like response of government on behalf of the citizens of the UK in their “world-class” response to the Covid‑19 pandemic.