When a new fire station was built in Greenbank, Plymouth, England, it was built without the traditional pole for firefighters to get from the upstairs squad room to the trucks.
Senior fire officials ordered the change claiming safety concerns, since firefighters could twist their ankles when they land. The station chief calls the omission "ludicrous" and says it will delay response times.
Worse, he notes, running down two flights of stairs is more dangerous than using the pole. (London Telegraph) ...If petite strippers can manage a pole, surely stout firefighters can too.