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Armed Forces: Fire Services

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 1 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contingency plans there are for military personnel to fight fires in the event of a fire strike. (123822)

Service personnel are only used to provide cover during fire strikes as a last resort. There are accordingly no armed forces personnel on permanent standby or permanently trained to provide emergency fire cover. In the event of a strike, fire services are expected to explore all other available options drawing on professional firefighters. This has been borne out recently, as military assistance was not required during Fire Brigade Union industrial action in Hertfordshire and Merseyside last year.