Chinese firefighters punished over on-the-job selfies

Two firefighters were punished for taking "selfies" during a search for a missing child after heavy rain in Yunnan province.
AFP | By HT Correspondent, Beijing
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2015 12:28 PM IST

Firefighters in southwestern China have been punished for clicking photos of themselves while responding to an emergency, state media reported on Tuesday.

A local fire house released a statement saying that two of its personnel had been fired while a third was given a warning over the incident, the official Xinhua news agency said. The punishments came after photos of the three taking "selfies" during a search for a missing child after heavy rain in Yunnan province were posted online, the report said. The news agency said,"The department said it will better manage its firefighters and it welcomes public supervision in the future."

The global craze for taking selfies has prompted debate about the appropriate time and place to do so, as well as whether people are becoming too obsessed by the idea of it. British Prime Minister David Cameron, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and US President Barack Obama were photographed taking a group picture with a mobile phone in December 2013 at the funeral of Nelson Mandela, prompting both criticism and sympathy.

Story Saved