Winter conditions – letter from GM Fire and Rescue (Moss Side Station)

Dear Sir/ Madam,

In the event of an emergency such as fire, road traffic collisions, floods etc Moss Side Community Fire Station provides emergency response at your premises.

You will be aware that in recent years the country has experienced some extreme weather conditions including flooding, freezing ice and in particular prolonged heavy snowfall. As an emergency service we respond to many of these emergencies which in many cases cause considerable hardship and distress to our communities.

In addition to the normal services that you expect of the Fire and Rescue Service, I would also like to advise you that we would also like to offer our assistance & services in a more ‘community spirited’ approach by helping some of the more vulnerable persons/vital services in our area.

Therefore I am writing to key locations such as yours to offer our services where we can be of some assistance in the event of the severe winter conditions. This could be as simple as helping you to clear snow from paths/entrances/gritting so that you can maintain your services to our community. We are also prepared to consider any other reasonable requests such as local collection/delivery of any urgent medical supplies (where normal vehicles cannot get through) and the removal of any dangerous overhanging ice from guttering and entrances etc. Any and all reasonable requests for assistance will be considered by the Officer in Charge in accordance with the exigencies of our own service.

I need to stress that this assistance can only be offered on an ad-hoc basis as our operational crews/vehicles would still be required for other emergencies.

You will be aware that there are similar premises to yours across our area where I have also offered to provide this support. Therefore in the event of any heavy or prolonged snowfall, demand for our services could be high.

Therefore when considering assistance from the Fire and Rescue Service, please could I ask that you consider the following:-

  • How severe is the weather?
  • Can my own staff deal with the problem/issue?
  • Could a private contractor assist with this problem?
  • How long is the problem likely to last?
  • And, whether our help is your final option?

Have you also considered and made arrangements for Business Continuity for severe weather conditions as part of your own management plans?

Please remember – we cannot guarantee an immediate response, however, we are still prepared to assist with any reasonable requests.

If we can be of any assistance or you have any questions please contact us on 0161 608 5202/3.

Yours faithfully

Phil Nelson

Station Manager

Moss Side Community Fire Station

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