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Regime defended.

THE three North East fire services last night defended their training regimes.

Ivan Millican, Northumberland Fire and Rescue learning development manager, said they would never compromise the safety of their officers.

"We put operational training at the forefront of all our training.

There has been a change in focus for the fire service but the resources which provide training have still been maintained."

Peter Trevithick, area manager for human resources, learning and development at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: "Our highly-skilled and motivated staff are our greatest asset and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service devotes a significant amount of time and resources to their learning and development.

"All operational firefighters undertake training each day while they are on duty. All community fire stations within the Tyne and Wear area have a varied range of training facilities.

"In addition we also have a purpose-built training centre at Barmston Mere, Washington, which provides state of the art practical and theoretical facilities to ensure sure that our staff are suitably prepared for their roles and responsibilities, and are provided with the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to perform their job safely, efficiently and effectively."

Alan Kernohan, group manager for Durham Fire and Rescue service, said the training budget had continually increased over the past few years.

"If we identify problems in training, we provide the level of training that they need," he said.

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CONCERNS Gary Wilson, Fire Brigades Union chairman for Northumberland, left, and Steve Gregg, FBU North East regional secretary.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 20, 2008
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