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Fire Services: Cumbria

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received from Cumbria County Council on the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service. (295870)

In the last six months, CLG has received responses from Cumbria fire and rescue service to formal consultations on the transfer of New Dimension assets to fire and rescue services and on the Formula Grant Review.

CLG has also received a letter from Councillor Gary Strong of Cumbria county council about the FiReControl project.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what effect the implementation of the FiReControl programme will have on frontline fire and rescue services in Copeland. (295875)

The FiReControl network will ensure that Copeland firefighters and control room staff are supported by the best technology to do their job.

Firefighters will have real-time safety information and incident details through in-cab data terminals; automatic tracking of fire appliances will enable the nearest appropriate appliances to be sent to an incident; and emergency calls from the public will be automatically located.

The network of control centres will share calls and data across the national network to manage even the highest call volumes to provide a more resilient service.