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Fire Service welcomes High Sheriff

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Elizabeth Hunter, the recently appointed High Sheriff for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, paid a visit to Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service yesterday (Monday 19 July) to learn more about the work of the fire service across the two counties.

The High Sheriff, who took up her role on 25 March this year, was welcomed by Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates at Fire Service Headquarters in Charles Hastings Way, Worcester. They were then joined for lunch by other Principal Officers before travelling on to Droitwich for a tour of the Fire Station and Training Centre. This was also an opportunity to meet with the duty crew and learn more about the specialist Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) facilities that operate from Droitwich Fire Station.

Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates said: "It's been a pleasure to meet with the new High Sheriff and explain more about the way Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service operates and the service we provide to our local communities. Our staff not only provide vital emergency response services but they also complete a huge amount of fire safety education in the communities across both counties and I was delighted that the High Sheriff showed a great interest in this work."

High Sheriff Elizabeth Hunter added: "I had a very warm welcome, both from the Principal Officers in Worcester and the teams of firefighters based at Droitwich, and it was a very informative visit all round. While at Droitwich, I was able to have a closer look at many of the specialist vehicles and equipment used by the Fire Service, and gain a greater appreciation of the high level of training needed to use this safely and effectively.

"Individual fire officers were very happy to answer my questions and I was particularly interested to hear more from them about their school engagement and the other community events they attend on a regular basis to help promote greater fire safety awareness.

"I'd like to pass on my thanks to everyone involved in the visit."