Avon Fire & Rescue Service to welcome Shadow Fire Minister

Avon Fire & Rescue Service is delighted that Shadow Fire Minister, Karen Lee MP, will be joining the service for a day of demonstrations and meetings on Thursday (30/08).

The Labour MP will visit Temple Fire Station where she will meet with Chief Fire Officer Mick Crennell, Chair of the Fire Authority, Cllr Donald Davies, and other members of staff to discuss local and national issues.

Crews from the station will demonstrate how equipment and appliances work in the yard area, such as the turntable ladder, hydraulic cutting equipment and Urban Search & Rescue dog.

Karen Lee MP will also be given the opportunity to try on some of the equipment and take part in drills to see exactly what it takes to be a firefighter, before meetings with the Chief, Chair and other members of staff.

Mick Crennell, Chief Fire Officer for AF&RS, said: “It is always great to have a Member of Parliament visit one of our stations to see the extent of all the amazing work we do.

“Temple Fire Station is our busiest station and firefighters go above and beyond to help the surrounding community.

“But we also want to show that modern firefighting is more than just responding to incidents.

“We increasingly deliver more community safety messages, attend Home Fire Safety Visits and also visit schools and community centres.”

Cllr Donald Davies, Chair of Avon Fire Authority, added: “I personally invited Karen to join us so she can see the variety of work we do but also to begin a discussion around our biggest challenges.

“The firefighter’s role has changed over the last decade and being able to show that is highly beneficial to both parties and one that we hope to continue to develop.”

Representing Lincoln, Karen Lee MP was appointed Shadow Fire Minister in January 2018 and this will be her first visit to AF&RS.

She said: “I’d like to thank Councillor Davies and the Chief Fire Officer for their warm welcome and I am looking forward to the hands-on demonstration of Avon’s equipment.

“The emergency response Avon Fire Service is delivering to the local community, despite central government’s cuts to funding and resources, is to be highly commended.”