Leader of the Conservative Party in local government, Gordon Keymer, commented:
'For example, in France all firefighters are trained as paramedics so they can deal with incidents if they are the first on the scene. Whilst there are many excellent ways of modernisation in the Bain Review we should go further. By looking at other fire services and adapting their ideas and techniques, not only can we achieve an improved fire service for the public, but we will free up more money which could be used to fund firefighters' pay. We have the opportunity now to shape the fire service of the future.
'We have a real choice here. Continue as we are and achieve nothing or be bold and radical and achieve the best fire provision in the world.'
Mr Keymer is group leader of the Conservative group of the LGA and chairman of the Conservative Councillors Association.