We are literally paying firefighters to run away from danger, not towards it:
Although two fire crews were stationed close enough to the Arena to hear the explosion, they were sent to a rendezvous point three miles away amid fears that there was a marauding terror attack and they would not be safe, the review concluded.
Surely we can get some people who will run away for less money? I’ll do it for half the salary. I’m very good at running away and hiding, and I’ll even accept a smaller pension, as long as I can claim some quality pairs of trainers on expenses.
(via Tim Newman).