Fire Service's role in pollution prevention.(News)

With the majority of serious pollution incidents across England and Wales now requiring joint action between the Environment Agency and the Fire and Rescue Service, a new emergency response protocol has been agreed.

"The Fire and Rescue Service is first on the scene at many incidents that can cause pollution," said Environment Agency Technical Advisor Bruce McGlashan, "and the action they take can be crucial in preventing or mitigating environmental damage.

"Many of the serious pollution incidents we deal with are now joint operations with the Fire and Rescue Service, and this close working relationship has become one of our most successful pollution-prevention initiatives, contributing greatly to our responsibility for protecting and improving the environment. …

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