Today marks the first anniversary of the bombing in Manchester at a pop concert attended by many young people.
I listened on radio 5 this morning to a young man, not connected with the emergency services, who had tried to help some of the victims. One year on that young man is still traumatised by the things that he saw.
Firefighters do spend a bit of time playing snooker, sleeping and doing part time work that's true, but when something bad happens they are the ones called upon to sort it all out, from fires, train crashes, bad road accidents to terrorist outrages.
I've no idea what sort of pension fire fighters receive, but I don't begrudge them a single penny of it