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NYFRS Reassures Community that 'we're still open for business'

6th January 2010

In the midst of the most extreme weather seen for 30 years, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (NYFRS) is seeking to reassure the communities of York and North Yorkshire that if you need the help of the Fire Service you will get it.

Senior managers of the service met today to discuss the implications of the severe conditions and any effects it may have on  the service to the public.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Andy Trowsdale said;

“As far as we are concerned it’s business as usual. All our fire stations are fully staffed, equipped and appliances are ready to respond if needed. All our standard fire appliances have snow chains that can be fitted if needed and we have several 4 wheel drive vehicles that will be invaluable. All senior officers attending incidents will have access to Landover 4 x 4 vehicles to ensure they can respond safely.”

He further comments; “I would also ask that people show community spirit in these challenging times and if they feel a vulnerable person needs help in some way then they contact the appropriate service to help. That may indeed be the Fire Service or one of our partner agencies such as PCTs, Social Services, The Police or charities such as Age Concern. There is a wealth of advice and help available.”

Fire fighters throughout the county will continue to carry out free Home Fire Risk Checks and fit free smoke alarms if needed as well as give general advice about home and community safety.

For any help or advice contact NYFRS Fire Safety Advice Line on 01609 788545 or visit www.northyorksfire.gov.uk or any fire station.

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