Fire­fight­ers are he­roes what­ever the weather

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY - Do­minic Grieve MP for Bea­cons­field

THERE was a big con­trast be­tween my re­cent visit to Mar­low Fire Sta­tion and the time of the ter­ri­ble win­ter flood­ing which af­fected Mar­low and other places in the Bea­cons­field con­stituency.

It was a good op­por­tu­nity to thank the mem­bers of the Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice once again for all that they did to help peo­ple whose homes and busi­nesses were flooded.

I saw them in ac­tion then, do­ing all they could, by us­ing pumps and other equip­ment, to pre­vent fur­ther prop­er­ties from be­ing in­un­dated and dam­aged.

In July 2015, I might not have needed welling­ton boots, but there were plenty of re­minders of how the Fire and Res­cue work­load con­tin­ues all year round, with dif­fer­ent chal­lenges.

Around the time I vis­ited, a crew dealt with a car in Mar­low which had an oil spill, for which they de­ployed a spe­cialised en­vi­ron­men­tal pack to min­imise dam­age.

Another crew dealt with a prob­lem with a bon­fire at Den­ham.

There are many call-outs to fire alarms and the ser­vice re­sponds to re­ports from con­cerned mem­bers of the public.

Fire preven­tion is an im­por­tant part of the work of the ser­vice, with ad­vice avail­able on the http://bucks­fire.gov.uk web­site about a range of is­sues.

One ex­am­ple is the safety of wash­ing ma­chines and tum­ble dri­ers, which can be a fire haz­ard, so there is ad­vice about how to main­tain them to re­duce the risks.

It is also pos­si­ble to book a free home fire risk check, which takes about 20 min­utes to half an hour.

This can be ar­ranged by email­ing cs@ bucks­fire.gov.uk or tele­phon­ing 01296 744 477.

Although there is a wait­ing list be­cause this is a pop­u­lar ser­vice, it will pro­vide an as­sess­ment of any risks, with the chance to ask ques­tions – and the staff mem­ber car­ry­ing out the as­sess­ment will be able to fit free smoke alarms with a sealed bat­tery, which will op­er­ate for 10 years.

A re­minder, too, to check smoke alarms regularly, be­cause they can save lives.

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