Letter to the Second Clerk from Chief
Fire Officer Richard Bull (December 2001)
Following our recent letter, which contained
our written submissions to the Inquiry into Defence and Security
in the United Kingdom, an important announcement has been made
by the DTLR, which slightly changes our submission. I would therefore
like to make the following information available to the Inquiry.
The DTLR has announced that in the region of
£45 million has been made available to fund the first tranche
of new dimension work for the fire service. This will effectively
mean that the facilities, resources, equipment, etc for mass decontamination
can now be established. However, it is important that the full
funding requirements of the bid made to the Capital Modernisation
Fund, for the other tranches of work, are also accepted. This
will then ensure that the appropriate risk assessment resources
are in place to underpin the resilience of the UK Fire Services.
Additionally, there will also be an essential need to ensure that
appropriate revenue funding is also made available to sustain
and maintain this resilience.