Fire and Rescue Services

Home Office written question – answered on 26th July 2022.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the capacity of the Fire and Rescue Service to manage periods of extreme heat and related fires.

Photo of Sarah Dines Sarah Dines Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice and Home Office)

Fire and rescue authorities in England are required to assess foreseeable fire and rescue related risks (including wildfires) that could affect their area, and how they will respond.

In this period of extreme heat I am monitoring fire and rescue authorities, and their ability to continue to protect the public. I am confident that fire and rescue authorities are continuing to maintain essential services, and that specialist capabilities to fight wildfires, including equipment and expert advisers, are in place.

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