Rescue Services

Transport written question – answered on 1 November 2013.

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Photo of Gordon Marsden Gordon Marsden Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he and officials in his Department have had with fire and rescue services nationally regarding their at-sea presence.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) met with officials from local government authorities (LGAs) and senior representatives of the Chief Fire Officers' Association (CFOA) in 2012 to discuss arrangements for fire fighting at sea. Fire authorities and CFOA were represented at this meeting which was hosted by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

MCA officials also participated in a meeting in February 2013 of the Fire & Rescue Marine Response (FRMR) Group where the subject of fire fighting at sea was discussed. No agreements or undertakings were made with that group.

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