Minister praises firefighters for Rhyl flood response

Published date: 19 December 2013 |
Published by: Geraint Jones 
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A WELSH Government chief has praised north Wales firefighters for their efforts during the Rhyl floods.

Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Local Government and Government Business, was briefed on North Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s response to the floods during a visit the Dangerpoint education centre in Talacre and Deeside fire station.

She said: “I am pleased to be able to see the breadth of work which is carried out by the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, including prevention, promoting safety and providing a rescue service.

“The excellent work the service provides along with other agencies across North Wales was evident very recently during the flooding in Rhyl and other areas.”

The service’s achievements in relation to its programme of home fire safety checks, the work of the Arson Reduction Team, the Phoenix Project’s youth engagement initiatives, as well as the joint Road Safety Intervention Project with North Wales Police, were showcased during the visit.

The minister also learned about learning about North Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s water rescue unit.

Chief Fire Officer Simon Smith said: “Protecting our communities is our number one priority and being able to showcase and explain in detail some of the work we do is an excellent opportunity for us to demonstrate our wide range of programmes and initiatives.

“Our emphasis on preventative work has evolved in recent years and the visit provided an opportunity to show the Minister how we engage with the more vulnerable members of our communities in our efforts to make North Wales a safer place to live, work and visit.”


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