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FIRE SERVICE TO GET£53M IN NEW FUNDING

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The government has announced£53m funding for the fire service to give further protection to the public and emergen...
The government has announced£53m funding for the fire service to give further protection to the public and emergency services in the event of a major chemical, biological or radiological attack.

In answer to a parliamentary written question yesterday, local government minister Alan Whitehead, said:

'We are providing£53m funding for the fire service to give further protection to the public and emergency services in the event of a major chemical, biological or radiological attack. The funding would provide new equipment, including decontamination facilities for members of the public and personal protective equipment for firefighters.

'In view of the heightened levels of threat following the events of 11 September, we want to ensure that the fire service has the necessary equipment to protect the public and the emergency services should an attack occur. Detailed contingency plans are already in place and responses to a range of different threats, including chemical, biological and radiological, are tested regularly in exercises. This new equipment will further increase the level of preparedness.'

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