Saturday, 25 October 2008

Kent Fire & Rescue

Yesterday I joined fellow Kent candidates Helen Grant, Gordon Henderson and Laura Sandys for an informative session with operators at Kent's Fire Control Centre. We went along to the Centre which is based in Tovil, Maidstone, to demonstrate our support for the centre and staff because it is currently under threat following Government proposals to move it to Hampshire! It is quite clear to us that Kent's Fire & Rescue Services need a control centre that is based locally and staffed with people with an enormous amount of local knowledge - not in a county miles away with little understanding of the geography, the road network, the road works or the special services required for areas like the Channel Tunnel and Bluewater. Yet again it looks like cost cuts are coming before common sense and what we saw yesterday was a service dedicated to the people of Kent which we all believe will be lost if the control centre moves to Hampshire.

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