Firefighters to get new funding

FIREFIGHTERS in Suffolk are set to receive new equipment and training thanks to extra government funding.The government has today announced that a further £3.2million.

FIREFIGHTERS in Suffolk are set to receive new equipment and training thanks to extra government funding.

The government has today announced that a further £3.2million grant will be given to England's Fire and Rescue Authorities as part of its commitment to roll-out specialist New Dimension equipment.

Suffolk County Council has received a grant of £88,410, which will be used largely for training for mass decontamination response units as well as additional protective clothing for use during work on collapsed buildings.

Parmjit Dhanda, fire minister, said: “The New Dimension special equipment is vital to resilience and these latest grants to fire and rescue authorities show that the government remains committed to fund them to crew, host and accommodate this equipment. “Training is obviously vital to make best use of this equipment.”

The grants announced today are in addition to government spending of more than £200m for purchase of the equipment and grants to the fire authorities for crewing and accommodating the equipment and providing other specialist services.

The resources include mass decontamination units, detection, identification and monitoring of unknown, potentially dangerous chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear substances, rescue equipment for use in collapsed buildings, and high volume pumps for use in floods.