A FIRE boss is in hot water for using station gear to fill up the swimming pool in his garden.
David Ballingall, 38, fixed a standpipe and a giant hose to a hydrant close to his home.
It enabled the crew commander to pump water at high speed into the 20,000-litre pool.
But he was carpeted by bosses after a neighbour reported him.
Hydrants are normally used by crews to get vast amounts of water to a blaze.
A source said: “If he had tried to fill the pool from the kitchen tap he could have left it running for 24 hours and it still wouldn’t be full up.
“He’s obviously taken advantage of fire station equipment to get the job done quicker, which is cheeky.”
Insiders said Mr Ballingall used “non-essential spare equipment”.
Our source added: “A fire appliance carries about 2,000 litres so he would have to make ten journeys in that to fill up. It would be impossible without raising eyebrows.”
Mr Ballingall of Stewarton, Ayrshire, declined to comment.
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But it is understood he had his knuckles rapped by his superiors.
An insider said: “He’s a dedicated firefighter who made a silly mistake.”
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said it took action in line with its “policy and procedures”.
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