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PCC joins Chair of Fire Authority on Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night tomorrow (Saturday) will see Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa and the Chair of the Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr. Steve Marshall-Clarke observing 999 emergency calls for assistance.

The pair will be in Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service’s fire control room from 6.30pm until 8.00pm.

The Commissioner said he was looking forward to having a greater insight into the frontline work of the fire and rescue service through personal observation.

Figures show that from Bonfire Night 2006 and Bonfire Night 2015 there has been a 71% reduction in calls for service, which has been attributed primarily to prevention activity carried out by Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service.

“Historically, Bonfire Night often saw a high number of calls for assistance,” said Hardyal Dhindsa.  “Hopefully, the reduction in such calls that we have witnessed over the last 10 years will continue this year. 

“I want people to have fun and enjoy themselves, while staying safe and out of harm’s way.  Attending an organised bonfire party is one way to minimise the risk, but wherever you are celebrating, it’s important to heed to the advice of both the police and the fire and rescue service.

“I was keen to see how these two vital emergency services work side by side to keep people safe and I’m delighted that Cllr. Marshall-Clarke is joining me.  Partnership working is pivotal to public services.”

Earlier this year the new joint police and fire headquarters was completed on the Police Headquarters site at Ripley.  This joint venture allows the two services a cost-effective solution to improving facilities, enhancing closer working practices and improving the efficiency of both organisations.



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Posted on Friday 4th November 2016
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