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Fire service’s ‘concerns’ to be investigated

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has expressed concern that it is currently unable to fight fires on ships at sea because crews have been prevented from accessing helicopter winch training. It says ships’ crews are trained to deal with fires themselves but, in rare cases, could be overwhelmed. “The lack of access to training has meant the service has reluctantly had to stop responding to all incidents at sea and can now not even respond to fires on the Humber, which they were doing until recently with the assistance of a private company supplying tugs,” Chief Fire Officer Chris Blackwell said.

Following concerns being raised by Beverley MP Graham Stuart, Police and Fire Service Minister Nick Hurd has resolved to investigate the reasons behind the firefighting at sea training being withdrawn.