Two firefighters with the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are out of their jobs following a minor backing accident that damaged a wall. They were accused of lying about the use of a spotter.
David Woollam and William Lindfield were waiting with their apparatus while three firefighters investigated a flood damaged property. FF Woollam attempted to turn the vehicle around and while backing it struck the wall of a home. Brigade policy requires that a spotter be deployed whenever vehicles are backed.
FF Lindfield told investigators that he was serving as a spotter, while FF Woollam claimed he began backing before he realized a backer was not present on his backup camera. Woollam claimed he then mistakenly left the vehicle in reverse striking the wall.
Investigators concluded that the pair had lied. FF Lindfield was terminated and FF Woollam opted to take an early retirement.