Tom Greatrex MP
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.