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Fire Services: Floods

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with (a) fire and rescue services and (b) fire authorities on section 9 of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004, in respect of a statutory duty to assist with flooding incidents; and if she will make a statement. (227844)

Government are considering the case for a statutory duty on the Fire and Rescue Service for flood rescue following the publication of Sir Michael Pitt’s overarching review of the lessons learned from the 2007 floods. We are currently consulting with the UK Search and Rescue Group on this matter, of which the Chief Fire Officers’ Association, and other local responders with flood rescue expertise, are members.