Heavy cost of callouts for obese people

Fire crews in Northern Ireland have been called to help move obese patients 40 times in the last five years.

The total cost of the callouts was £85,297, according to figures released to the News Letter under the Freedom of Information Act.

Last year, firefighters were called out 11 times to assist obese people who had become stuck or needed help moving.

Fire crews in 40 obesity callouts (BBC News, 25 June 2009)