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NYFRS launches Community Vehicles

4th March 2010

Comunity VehiclesNorth Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service is preparing a series of Parish Council road shows to highlight the services and facilities it offers to local residents. In particular the Service will be show casing its Community Safety Vehicles (CSVs) which will be providing direct support to villages and rural communities.

The service has 8 of the vehicles which are spread throughout the County and are purpose built to be crewed by two fully trained firefighters. Their primary role is to reduce the risk of emergency incidents occurring through community safety activities but when out in villages and rural areas they will also be available if an emergency occurs. Issues important to residents, such as reducing speeding, are being tackled by these vehicles as they can deploy speed monitoring and warning equipment. They also provide support to vulnerable members of the community with the firefighters giving community safety advice and fitting smoke detectors and other safety equipment.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Chris Anderson comments;

“These vehicles are an important means of supporting local communities and show how new ways of working can improve the level of service we can provide. In that respect it is worth noting that such vehicles are in addition to normal fire appliance cover and have been introduced following Service changes that have reduced costs overall.”

It is intended that the road shows will be programmed to start in the Hambleton area in early summer and rolled out around the County after that.

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