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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Council Supply Fire Service with Two New Gritters

15/02/2011

Staffordshire County Council has kindly provided two new gritting machines for use at fire stations within the Stafford Borough with support from the Staffordshire Local Community Fund.

"We are confident that we are now prepared for the next cold snap, whenever that may be."

Stafford Assistant Area Commander, Simon Craythorn

With the weather threatening to turn icy again, Staffordshire County Council has kindly provided two new gritting machines for use at fire stations within the Stafford Borough with support from the Staffordshire Local Community Fund.

Stafford Assistant Area Commander, Simon Craythorn said: "Our priority during the cold snap was to make sure our engines could leave and return to the stations safely however the severe ice meant that the ground required gritting before we were able to do this. 

"We already had three gritting machines however that meant that we weren’t able to supply all five stations with a machine at the same time. We will now have a machine available at Stafford, Rising Brook, Stone, Gnosall and Eccleshall Fire Station’s and we are confident that we are now prepared for the next cold snap, whenever that may be."

Chris Mitchell, Community Highway Liaison Manager from the Highways Agency said: "It is very reassuring to know how much work has been done to ensure the emergency service response will not be compromised during bad weather and we are proud to be a part of it."

County Councillor Len Bloomer said: "Helping to ensure our fire stations are safe in periods of adverse weather is extremely important.

"I’m pleased to have been able to help buy the new gritting machines through the Staffordshire Local Community Fund so that the fire crews are able to carry out their work as best they can throughout the cold snaps and winter months."