Batteries: Safety

Home Office written question – answered on 12th February 2021.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of fire safety personnel that are (a) trained in managing safety threats from lithium batteries and (b) undergoing training to manage threats from emerging technologies.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

The Home Office does not collect this information.

It is for individual fire and rescue services to determine the skills and capabilities required to deliver its core functions. Where emerging technologies introduce new or alternative threats, fire and rescue services will factor these into their locally produced integrated risk management plans.

The National Fire Chiefs Council has established its 'National Operational Learning' to capture operational learning and creating a clear platform for information and intelligence to be shared and to inform the development and evolution of National Operational Guidance.

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