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FIRE DISPUTE: TORIES CALL FOR COMPLETE REVIEW OF FIRE SERVICE

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Conservatives in local government have called for a complete review of the country's fire service that goes beyond ...
Conservatives in local government have called for a complete review of the country's fire service that goes beyond anything that has been previously suggested. Following weeks of the current fire dispute with no immediate solution presenting itself, Conservatives believe that now is a perfect time to look into a complete re-structuring of our fire service.

Leader of the Conservative Party in local government, Gordon Keymer, commented:

'We have a real opportunity to re-structure radically our fire service. It is time we looked into the ways that other countries organise their fire service so that we can learn from these models and ensure we have a modernised, first rate fire service.

'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.

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