MP SEES HOW FIREFIGHTERS PUT THE “RESCUE” IN FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICES
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MP SEES HOW FIREFIGHTERS PUT THE “RESCUE” IN FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICES

Local firefighters were thanked and congratulated by Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff when he visited Evesham fire station on Monday.
The local MP had a briefing from the new Chief Fire Officer, Mark Yates, and then toured the station.

Peter commented,

“The personal highlight of my tour was being allowed to use the advanced cutting equipment used by fire officers when they go to road traffic accidents – but the car I broke into didn’t look too good afterwards!

“But perhaps the most interesting part was being shown the new water rescue equipment at Evesham and learning about the rigorous training our firefighters go through to make sure they get the best from it. We are really fortunate to have such excellent equipment – and brave and dedicated firefighters – in the county.

Mr Luff was also shown the more traditional fire fighting equipment at the station and talked at length to the firefighters about their work.

Peter explained,

“This visit reminded me that there is so much more to our fire service than just fighting fires – their work at road traffic accidents is crucial and their newly enhanced water rescue services are, sadly, likely to prove invaluable too.

“I am still deeply concerned about plans to regionalise the control of fire and rescue services and I really hope the Coalition government can get out of the ridiculously expensive contracts and inflexible bureaucracy the last government has tried to impose on us.

“I’m also worried that the Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is literally at the bottom of the funding pile with the lowest per head funding from central government of any service in the country. I hope this is something that will be addressed soon – it’s not just our schools that do so badly when it comes to handing out taxpayer’s money fairly."

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