Grahame Morris MP, Co-Chair of the FBU Parliamentary Group, has written to newly appointed Environment Secretary George Eustice MP calling on the Government to extend to the Fire and Rescue Services in England a statutory duty on flood response, in line with the duty that already exists in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The letter follows a commitment made in the House of Commons by previous Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers MP, prior to her being replaced in the cabinet reshuffle.
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England is now the only part of the U.K. where Fire and Rescue Authorities are not given a statutory duty to respond to flooding incidents
In recent years, as a result of campaigning by the Fire Brigades Union, governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have all agreed a formal expectation for fire and rescue services to attend floods.
This helps fire and rescue services, other emergency services and the government as a whole to plan effectively and reduce risk to life and property.