Fire service may charge owners for false alarms.
Byline: GARETH HUGHES
HOME-OWNERS and companies could find themselves with a bill from the fire service for false alarms.
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North Wales Fire and Rescue Service The North Wales Fire and Rescue Service (Welsh: Gwasanaeth Tân ac Achub Gogledd Cymru) is the fire and rescue service covering the predominantly rural principal areas of Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd and Wrexham in already hands out bills for dealing with spillages or leaks following road accidents,and for tackling floods in commercial premises.
Since 1996,it has not charged for freeing people trapped or in distress,attending road accidents,chemical or radiation incidents,domestic flooding or for rescuing animals.
The aim of the Government in the Fire and Rescue Services Bill,however, is to introduce a uniform policy. But North Wales North Wales (known in some archaic texts as Northgalis) is the northernmost unofficial region of Wales, bordered to the south by Mid Wales and to the east by England. Fire Authority's executive panel heard yesterday there was no provision in the Bill for charging for false call-outs from automatic alarms.
``It would be useful tool in driving down the number of false alarms,'' said Assistant Chief Fire Officer Peter Slee.
Anglesey councillor John Chorlton asked whether it was proposed to charge for individual and council-owned homes, but clerk Ian Miller said the details would be discussed at a later stage.
Meanwhile, Coun Chorlton also expressed concern about a move to train fire fighters to near- paramedic par·a·med·ic
A person who is trained to give emergency medical treatment or assist medical professionals.
paramedic level to treat injured people.
He said while he had no objection to the principle he feared it would be the thin end of the wedge and that, with the ambulance service being short of funds, the fire service would be used as a substitute.
Denbighshire councillor David Morris said people injured in an accident would not be concerned about who was helping them,but Coun Chorlton said it also raised concerns about possible legal action if the right treatment was not given.