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Warwickshire firefighters thanked for their work during the heatwave

Leamington Editorial 17th Aug, 2022   0

FIREFIGHTERS in Warwickshire have been thanked for their “incredible work” during the heatwave.

The county’s fire crews attended hundreds of incidents over an exceptionally hot summer.

And Warwickshire County Council (WCC) and Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service (WFRS) were both front of the queue to thank them this week.

The firefighters have had to work hours in the gruelling heat to get blazes under control. On top of this, the soaring temperatures and long periods of dry weather have led to an increase in call outs for wildfires and open water rescues.

They are supported by a team working hard behind the scenes to ensure help is dispatched and co-ordinated effectively, including the individuals working in fire control.

WCC’s fire and rescue spokesperson Andy Cump, said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the brave firefighters at Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service. We have seen them turn out time and time again, working unrelentingly in arduous conditions, to keep our communities safe. Thank you to the whole team for the amazing work you have done this summer and continue to do all year round.”

Ben Brook, Chief Fire Officer at WFRS, said: “Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is here every day to keep our communities safe.  This summer has been exceptionally challenging with the protracted periods of extreme weather. Not only have we experienced a significant increase in our activity, but our people have also had to work incredibly hard in dry and hot conditions.

“I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone in the service who has played their part in keeping people safe across the county.”

As well as WCC and WFRS, members of the community have come forward to express their gratitude.

Elizabeth on Facebook commented saying: “Thank you for extinguishing a fire that was so close to our house today. Fantastic team that arrived.”

Richard also took the time to message his thanks, saying: “Hi, I would like to say a big thank you for your response today at Warwick services when my trailer caught fire. Thanks again, much appreciated.”

Andy messaged saying: “You’re doing a fantastic job, fair play to you.”

Other comments included: “Thank you so much for your help earlier, could have been a lot worse,” and “Well done to everyone involved in trying to save the woodland, your efforts are truly appreciated.”

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