These cuts are based on the slash and burn culture of the Conservative Government who are not prepared to resource and fund fire and rescue services
Beyond Blue Lights' uncovers the challenging role of the Fire and Rescue services
in the UK society and takes the audience through the latest innovations and technology from breathing apparatus and thermal imaging cameras to protective clothing and control room systems.
An international search and rescue team made up of staff from 15 UK fire and rescue services
has flown out to assist with the rescue operation in Nepal, though Tyne and Wear and Durham fire services confirmed they had not been asked to send personnel.
I am also looking forward to building even stronger relationships between the Fire and Rescue Services
in Wales and the Welsh Government as we collectively tackle some extremely challenging issues whilst continuing to provide the high quality public services the people of Wales rightly expect.
Chief Officer Alasdair Hay said: "Officers and support staff from the eight existing fire and rescue services
have been working hard to support the transition to a single national fire and rescue service
A spokeswoman for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service
said: "Access was the issue rather than the fact that he was really badly stuck, so the inflatable walkways would help with that.
Chief fire officer Iain Bathgate said: "We pride ourselves on being one of the best fire and rescue services
in the country, and to have this confirmed by your peers is all the more rewarding.
The RNLI Flood Rescue Team joined teams from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service
and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service
for the two-day exercise in the Menai Straits.
She added: "North Wales Fire and Rescue Service
have included cost of retained fire fighters, fuel etc but not cost of whole time firefighters, as these are paid irrespective of going to a call-out.
A spokesman for Mid Wales said: "We're not just about fighting fires and saving lives - nowadays, there's a great deal more to the fire and rescue service
With the support of the fire and rescue service
, BT is raising awareness of the potentially life threatening problem of hoax calling which hinders the emergency response time to real emergencies.
Jim Fitzpatrick: The number of people rescued alive from fires by fire and rescue service
personnel in England are shown for each year 1994 to 2003 in the following table.