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Anger builds behind fire campaign

PUBLISHED: 11:23 09 September 2002 | UPDATED: 12:36 03 March 2010

NO, NO, NO.

That was the response today as anger built up towards local and national and local politicians as Suffolk's marine firefighting unit entered the last 10 days of its existence.

NO, NO, NO.

That was the response today as anger built up towards local and national and local politicians as Suffolk's marine firefighting unit entered the last 10 days of its existence.

The unit is due to be disbanded on Thursday week – leaving Kent and Lincolnshire as the only fire services on the east coast with a marine unit.

Since we launched our call for the service to be saved on Saturday, there has been disbelief that such a vital safety net should be threatened for the sake of a few pounds.

And today it emerged that the extra training that members of the marine unit need is specialist flight training undergone by anyone who flies by helicopter over the North Sea.

Firefighters will continue to be fully trained to fight fires on board ships because they could still be called to blazes on vessels in harbours or estuaries.

See this site later for more details….

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