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Fireman Threatened

This morning, Adventure Man said “is this for me?” as he came across one of the scraps of newspaper left lying around in the living room. Sometimes they are – an exhibit at the Dar al Funoon, the opening of the new Tarek Rajeb Calligraphy Museum – but this time, it isn’t for him, not directly, it is for you.

From yesterday’s (October 8, 2007) Kuwait Times:

Fireman Threatened

A car caught on fire in Ardiya and firemen rushed tothe scene to put the fire out. When they finished their job and began writing their report, they saw liquor bottles inside the car. Shortly thereafter, detectives came by and told the firemen to forget about what they saw.

When the firemen said they wouldn’t and that they would report the matter, the detectives threatened the firemen at gunpoint.

Comment: Even Adventure Man had to laugh at that one, and said “it’s the Wild West out there, cowboys running around everywhere.”

Firemen and policemen are heroes in my book. And Kuwait has some good ones, true heroes. The bad ones, using their power for selfish gain – seem to be multiplying. Will the new face of the police force – bringing in non-Kuwaitis – make the force better, i.e. impartial enforcers of the law – or worse?

October 9, 2007 - Posted by | Adventure, Bureaucracy, Crime, Detective/Mystery, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Political Issues, Social Issues


  1. i didnt know they were bringing in non-kuwaitis for the jobs.

    saddly the fire and police dept here are made up of people who didnt have wasta to get better jobs,…. the exception being the senior senior officiers ( sometimes ). the military is often the same.

    so is it any wonder that no one pays attention to them when the majority of people have wasta that could kick the butts of the police?

    basically theyre not respected here the same way they are elsewhere. add their relatively low wages and you get an ineffective force. foreigners as cops would just be laughable, and if anything it would be govt sanctioned organised crime 😛

    i suggest all cops get salaries quadrupled and given a merc just to make their jobs look flashier 😛

    and goldplated magnums 😀

    Comment by sknkwrkz | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  2. That is BAD!
    Corrupted forces, BAD!

    Comment by Blue Dress | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  3. They’re bringing in the stateless to work as cops, not foreigners..there’s a difference.

    Anyway, that car might have been part of an undercover op?

    Glad one of my relatives isn’t the one threatened, knowing him. He’d hose them down, tie them behind the trucks & drag them all the way back to the FD. Then smack their butts with wet hoses just for sport.

    Yep. He’s a nut.

    Comment by Я | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  4. lol – that’s a good one!

    Comment by kinano | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  5. My bad, my bad. You are right, Я, it is stateless, not foreigners.

    Undercover op? ( “detectives threatened the firemen at gunpoint.”) If it’s an undercover op, you get your higher-up to deal with their higher-up and it all goes away, or at least that’s what it seems to me. I don’t know what this was, but something wasn’t right.

    The Kuwait firemen are one tough bunch! They find themselves in dangerous situations every day – you just hate to think that threats would come from their uniformed police brothers!

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  6. Am afraid they all cover each other’s “behinds” …

    Comment by chikapappi | October 9, 2007 | Reply

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