London’s fire service is to receive almost £3.7m as part of a Government drive to ensure England’s 46 fire services are capable of rescuing people from collapsed buildings and undertaking mass decontamination of the public.
The money, announced last week by Fire Minister Sadiq Khan, will help fund training by covering the costs of replacing supplies used to simulate real life situations, new protective clothing for firefighters and raining for search dog teams.
Mr Khan, who announced the funding during a visit to London’s Battersea Fire Station, said: “It is vitally important that our Fire and Rescue Service is able to practice for the unexpected event that we all hope will never happen. But if it does our firefighters are ready and trained to use the vital rescue equipment. The £19million announced today is in addition to that already provided through the Government’s investment of a £1billion in specialist equipment for dealing with major incidents such as terrorism, industrial accident or extreme weather.”