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OFFICER SETTLES OVER FIRE STRESS

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A former senior fire officer who sued Strathclyde Fire Board for damages after claiming that attendance at dozens o...
A former senior fire officer who sued Strathclyde Fire Board for damages after claiming that attendance at dozens of fatal fires had made him ill has settled out of court.

Thomas Faulds (50) sued in the Court of Session for£200,000 but it is thought he settled for a sum of several thousand pounds.

Mr Faulds, who had 27 years of service and became deputy principal fire prevention officer in Glasgow's A division, said he had been 'abysmally treated' by Strathclyde Fire Board.

He said there was no formal counselling or help available to firefighters who attended fatal fires and that by 1989 his doctor said he was suffering from tension through repeatedly examining the bodies of fire victims.

Mr Faulds said he had seen 40 fatalities in his career. The average fire officer might see 10 to 14. By 1992 he could no longer continue working and the next year lost his job on medical grounds.

Strathclyde Fire Board said Mr Faulds had done a fire investigation course knowing the duties which would follow his qualification and that it was following general practice at the time by not having a counselling system.

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