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PUBLIC SAFETY SHOULD NOT BE BURIED UNDER THE REVIEW PROGRAMME

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The current debate on the future of council's emergency planning role in the wake of the local government review wa...
The current debate on the future of council's emergency planning role in the wake of the local government review was revived by the ACC yesterday, who warned that planning by anything less than county- level authorities could lead to unnecessary deaths.

Mick Warner, Chair of the ACC's fire and emergency planning committee said' This country is already in dire need of a standardised national emergency warning system. Can you imagine the confusion if the service was suddenly fragmented among several new authorities in any county, or worse, joint committees.'

Recent flooding disasters only served to prove that emergency planning must be preserved as a strategic local government service, said the ACC.
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