An investigation has been launched into a fire crew after a firefighter wrapped two children in CLING FILM.
The bizarre episode involved the member of the emergency services ‘bundling’ a colleague’s kids up in the food wrapping – and their mum posting snaps on Facebook.
Now fire chiefs have launched an urgent probe into the pictures, which were taken at one of their stations two weeks ago – labelling them “inappropriate”.
The firefighters involved are said to be “embarrassed and regretful”.
Five people, including the two children, were present when the stills were shot in Southend-on-Sea, in Essex.
The children’s mum said it was “intended as a joke” and the youngsters enjoyed it.
She added: “I can see that this was not an appropriate activity, and we should not have played around like this at the fire station.”
The crew has now been placed on restricted duties – meaning they can’t work in the community.
Chief fire officer for Essex Adam Eckley said although he encouraged “family spirit”, stations were still “a workplace” where behaviour “must reflect our service values and exemplify professionalism”.
He said: “The photos we have seen have raised concerns, we have liaised with the appropriate statutory agencies and a thorough investigation and process has now started.
“The firefighters involved are embarrassed and regretful of how this event has been interpreted.
“It does not give the right impression to our public, and it is not who we are.”
Roger Hirst , the police, fire and crime commissioner for Essex, said: “I am clear that the behaviour shown in these photos is inappropriate and requires a thorough and robust investigation.”