He also misses the fact that fire prevention, safety awareness education and equipment maintenance take up much of their time. It's not all sliding down poles and going on 'shouts'.
Today I met our county chief fire officer. He was explaining to a council committee that we have one water response unit, based in Rugby. Earlier this year it was sent to an incident in Alcester, on the other side of the county. In daylight, on a working day. The arrived in 25 minutes - check the distance on a map. That's what all those drills and equipment checks mean.
I also like how Leo acknowledges the effects of the 'elf and safety' culture on reducing fires and other accidents, without ever using the phrase.