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ACC WARNS OF REVIEW'S EFFECT ON EMERGENCY PLANNING

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The Association of County Councils has said that strategic emergency planning services must not be put at risk by r...
The Association of County Councils has said that strategic emergency planning services must not be put at risk by reorganisation.

The ACC has called on the government to ensure that co-ordinated emergency plans remain in place and that any new authorities match current standards.

The Association fears that fracturing county emergency planning among smaller authorities could put lives at risk. It says small unitary authorities would not have the resources, manpower or hardware to plan for and combat major disasters.

ACC fire and emergency planning committee chair Mick Warner said: 'Our overriding concern is for the safety of the public. No matter what comes out of restructuring, the protection this service affords people must be preserved. Large strategic authorities would do that'.
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