Answer this 999 call now over firefighters and flooding training – The Yorkshire Post says

The Prince of Wales prepared firefighters for their response to the Fishlake floods when he visited South Yorkshire just before Christmas.
The Prince of Wales prepared firefighters for their response to the Fishlake floods when he visited South Yorkshire just before Christmas.
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FEW tears will be shed here for Theresa Villiers after Boris Johnson sacked the Environment Secretary in a Cabinet reshuffle overshadowed by Sajid Javid’s resignation.

Firefighters must have flooding training and equipment – The Yorkshire Post says

Firefighters in Hebden Bridge this week following Storm Ciara.

Firefighters in Hebden Bridge this week following Storm Ciara.

Why firefighters need flood response training and equipment now – Matt Wrack

Yet such machinations will be of secondary consideration to Yorkshire’s flooding victims – and all those living on tenterhooks as Britain braces itself for the arrival of Storm Dennis.

All flooding victims will be snubbed if Environment Secretary snubs regional media – The Yorkshire Post says

They, rightly, want to know why successive governments – and Mr Johnson’s administration is no exception – have failed to honour their promises to invest in the region’s flood defences and other policies, like dredging, which could help to protect vulnerable communities.

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers still hasn’t responded to plea for an ‘emergency summit’ three months on from last year’s Yorkshire floods

And they will be increasingly dismayed, after the visit of Mrs Villiers to the Calder Valley became a PR disaster when she tried to snub the regional media, that firefighters – the very people expected to risk their lives to reach those in peril – do not have the necessary training or equipment.

Calder Valley and all flooding victims deserve better from this out of depth Minister – Tom Richmond

An issue that The Yorkshire Post highlighted last month in the aftermath of the South Yorkshire floods, and the extraordinary efforts of fire fighting personnel in the summer of last year to prevent the Whaley Bridge dam bursting, it is absurd that the Government has not seen fit to address this anomaly.

Even if Ministers believe that the current level of fire cover is sustainable, and the FBU believes it is not, it is simply indefensible that crews are so ill-equipped, and have no statutory responsibility, to wade into swollen rivers, and flood-hit areas, to respond to life and death emergencies.

This is one 999 call that Ministers cannot afford to ignore for any longer.