Chief fire officer Tony McGuirk.(Merseyside fire and rescue service q&a)

Q: What aspect of modernisation do you believe is the most important?

A: Being able to put the right resources in the right place at the right time. Removing some of the archaic practices underpinned by legislation or national conditions.

Q: What initiative that you have undertaken in the last six months do you believe has been most effective in increasing the safety of your community?

A: Employing specialists who represent those most at risk in the community to build on the world leading community safety activity; investing heavily in improving the emergency response capability.

Q: In implementing modernisation is there an aspect that is unique to your locale? …

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