Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-09-02

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9 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2020 News Emergency services survey the scene of the huge fire on Chobham Common last month GRAHAME LARTER SFRS added it is aware of the petition and says it will be formally responding when it is tabled at a future council meeting. The spokespers­on added: “The Making Surrey Safer Plan looked into our 999 calls over the past five years, using predictive data which shows us where risk is and emergency statistics. “This showed us that we had more fire engine availabili­ty at night than was needed and not enough investment in fire engine cover in the daytime and importantl­y very little prevention and protection activities being undertaken in the day. “Our plan rebalanced these resources so that we can provide better fire cover during the day when we are busier and focus on preventing incidents from happening in the first place, including the hiring of two Rural Affairs Officers who will work with landowners to reduce future wildfires.” Surrey firefighte­r and FBU secretary Graham Whitfield said: “We’ve spent over a year campaignin­g against dangerous cuts to our service. “More than 13,000 people stood with us last year, but recent weeks have shown even more people just how exposed our county now is when a major fire or flood breaks out. “We want to thank Emma Kennedy for starting this new petition and figures in our community like Brian May and Anne Brummer for speaking out against fire cuts. Unless reversed, these cuts are going to prove deadly.” To sign Emma’s petition, visit petitions. SFRS continues to reject the claims that there was insufficie­nt fire cover to deal with the Chobham major incident. A SFRS spokespers­on said: “We know that sufficient fire cover was in attendance at this incident to bring it under control and deliver our firefighti­ng purpose. “The safety of the public and welfare of everyone is and, always will be, paramount. It was part of the multi-agency strategic approach and coordinati­on of the incident and a Welfare Officer is always on site to ensure staff wellbeing.” Queen star Brian May said the Chobham blaze was ‘shocking and traumatic’ TIM IRELAND PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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