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MP visits Fire Service

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Chris Williamson MP visited Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service to gain an insight into the day to day running of the organisation and how it works to protect its local communities.

He was firstly given a tour of Droitwich Fire Station by Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates and was then shown around the Service's Urban Search and Rescue base in the town. He then met firefighters at the River Severn, in Worcester. The crews set up a training demonstration and showed how they would rescue a casualty from the water using their boats and related equipment.

Cllr Derek W Prodger MBE, who is chair of the Fire Authority said: "We have highly trained firefighters in Herefordshire and Worcestershire and they certainly don't just fight fires. This was an opportunity for the Service to show their skills set and the range of equipment they manage on a day to day basis. We have many waterways in our two counties and our resources are called on time and time again to help keep our communities safe."

Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates said: "We were delighted to show Chris around our Service so that he could see some of the great work we're involved in. Our site at Droitwich houses not only a fire station but also the Urban Search and Rescue team, who offer a specialist response to often unique incidents.

"The water rescue demonstration was used as a training opportunity and we were able to show Chris what our capabilities are on the water and why it is so vital to have these resources in Herefordshire and Worcestershire."