Fire Minister Bob Neill MP paid a visit to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters earlier this month [14 June] to reward firefighters for their efforts during this Diamond Jubilee year.

Upon arriving at the Service Headquarters, near Exeter, Mr Neill was invited on a tour of the Special Operations station with Authority Chairman Cllr Mark Healey and Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell.

Not only did the Special Operations team demonstrate their techniques for dealing with incidents such as line rescue, but the Community Safety Department showcased some of its innovative campaigns as well; in particular their partnership with Jobcentre Plus, helping to get the unemployed back into work or training, alongside their road safety educational vehicles.

Fire Authority Chairman Cllr Mark Healey said: "I was delighted to welcome Mr Neill to Devon and Somerset and tell him about all the excellent work that is being carried out by our staff. I'm sure he will take a good impression of the Service back with him to Government."

During Mr Neill's two hour visit to the site, he took the opportunity to speak to both firefighters and staff about the broad range of activities that are carried out there and present a selection of uniformed officers and support staff with Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medals or coins.

Lee Howell, Chief Fire Officer, commented: "We wanted to take this opportunity to involve staff in the visit and publically thank them for everything they have achieved this year."

Posted 26/06/12 by Matilda Blackwell