FIRE crews have to rescue 23 fat people who get stuck in their homes every week.
Calls to help trapped tubbies last year were almost 20 per cent up on the previous 12 months.
And the total of 1,209 for 2018/19 is almost treble the number helped five years ago. Firefighters get so many calls from police and ambulance crews that they now train with 40st dummies filled with stone and ball bearings.
Many services have specialised equipment to help with lifting and transporting. Some overweight people become prisoners in their homes, relying on the internet for their needs as they lose confidence to go out. Then when an emergency strikes they can need 999 crews.
Firefighters have to remove doors and walls to help some people, who may be wheelchair-bound or bed-ridden, The force called to deal with the most bariatric person assistance incidents was Kent, which had 232 alerts.
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Tam Fry, from the National Obesity Forum, said: “These rescues get more horrific.
“Boris Johnson’s war on fat may have come too late and previous governments this century must take the blame for never tackling obesity.”
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