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  • There is no dispute that the risk of fires has dramatically reduced over the last three decades as new building regulations, safer construction materials, non-flammable furniture, new electrical equipment and gas safety regulations, health & safety at work legislation, and other measures have come into force. Therefore we do not need the same firefighting capability as we had in the sixties. More often these days the fire brigade is dealing with traffic collisions, flooding, and other emergencies, sometimes attributable to malpractice, carelessness, and criminality. Perhaps there is a case for the insurance industry to pick up the bill for many of these attendances. We must retain an effective fire-fighting force as Norfolk is a county with old buildings, thatched roofs, and dangerous agricultural & industrial operations.but the management and organisation of the force can and should be streamlined without overstretching the local crews. Popeye has a point: too often two or three appliances turn up to deal with a minor incident. To some extent this is good experience and training but with a service largely "retained" on a call-out it is not efficient efficient.

    JCW

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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