11th September 2021 | News in your area

Emergency Services Day (999 Day) 9th September

As part of Surrey Lieutenancy’s recognition of Emergency Services Day, Deputy Lieutenant Peter Lee was delighted to visit Salfords Fire Station just outside Redhill. The Fire Station is also home to Joint Fire Control which not only handles all the emergency calls for Surrey Fire & Rescue but also for West Sussex. It is soon to include East Sussex as well. Mission control is a hugely impressive, purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility where technology is perhaps the most valuable tool. Peter watched and listened as the team coolly and professionally responded to a series of calls and dispatched the fire engines accordingly. Risk areas and incidents are identified in real time on the big screens showing the two (soon to be three) counties covered by this command centre. By the time a fire crew arrive at an incident, they are fully briefed and know exactly what they are about to be dealing with. Peter met the fire crew on duty that afternoon and was given a tour of the station and taken on board the fire truck. It is an impressive piece of kit. The knowledge, expertise, professionalism and courage of the crew is equally impressive. We are fortunate to have them always on call.

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