Tom Greatrex MP

Rutherglen Reformer - - Tom Greatrex -

said that those on the scene do what comes nat­u­rally, and almost au­to­mat­i­cally, to help. That does not mean that they are un­af­fected by what they have wit­nessed and that it won’t live long in their mem­o­ries.

The sec­ond is those who are trained and equipped to re­spond, but whose pro­fes­sion­al­ism is in any case quite re­mark­able. The women and men who are part of the front-line emer­gency ser­vices, and those that support them in re­lated jobs be­hind the scenes, do a re­mark­able job in what must be of­ten the most try­ing of cir­cum­stances.

In the or­gan­i­sa­tion of an event, or more ac­cu­rately se­ries of events across a num­ber of dif­fer­ent venues within a few days, of the scale of the Com­mon­wealth Games then be­ing ready for un­ex­pected in­ci­dents and to make sure things work out, many of the same peo­ple are called upon.

That the Games hap­pened with­out ma­jor in­ci­dent does not mean that a lot of plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion in case of any­thing go­ing awry was not in place – just in case.

Those in­di­vid­u­als, many of whom live in our area and will be in our minds as we ap­proach the New Year be­cause of the tragic events of the end of 2014, work in of­ten dif­fi­cult and some­times dan­ger­ous cir­cum­stances to pro­tect the pub­lic and save lives. They do so with­out fear or favour, and we are for­tu­nate to have them.

While many of us will be wel­com­ing in 2015 with friends and fam­ily, and think­ing about what we want to achieve and what prom­ise the start of a new cal­en­dar gives us, we should not for­get those who will be work­ing – as they do ev­ery other day of the year – to en­able us to en­joy the cel­e­bra­tions safe in the knowl­edge that they are there should we need them.

What­ever your plans, am­bi­tions, res­o­lu­tions and aims for the New Year, I’d like to take this op­por­tu­nity of wish­ing ev­ery Re­former reader the very best for 2015.

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