'We were just that sitting there, desperate to go': Firefighter apologises to Manchester Arena victims

Firefighter were preventedfrom helping on night of Manchester Terror attack for two hours. Credit: Joel Goodman

A Greater Manchester firefighter has told of his anguish on the night of the Manchester Arena bomb when he and his colleagues was held back from going to help the dying and injured by their bosses.

The Kerslake report described how it was nearly two hours after the 10.31pm blast that two crews were sent to the scene. Acting fire chief Dawn Docx has apologised unreservedly for letting down the region in its ‘darkest hour’.

Within 24 hours of the blast the Manchester Evening News was inundated with calls from firefighters speaking of the shame they felt at being prevented from helping. Many had elite training in how to respond to a terror attack.

Those based at Manchester Central Fire Station heard the explosion.One firefighter, who has more than a decade of experience, described what happened, said he wanted to apologise to the victims and added that morale in the service was now at rock-bottom.

He said his crew had actually been sent away to Beswick further away from the scene while paramedics used his base.

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