MP supports changes

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NEW vehicles must make the best use of new technology.

That’s the message from Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt, who believes the fleet needs to be updated and welcomes the new technology the vehicles will bring.

She said: ‘I have seen the work the high-pressure lance does and that is massively beneficial. By pushing water into a building on fire, it quickly cools it down making it safer for firefighters to enter.’

When asked if extra funding could be provided in the future, Ms Mordaunt said: ‘It’s not just about money, it’s about what firefighters have to respond to.

‘To the credit of the service the prevention work they have done is amazing.’

As well as changing the vehicles, there could be a loss of up to 200 firefighting roles, which worries Nigel McCullen, chairman of the Hampshire Fire Brigades Union.

He believes the service is becoming ‘too stretched’. He said: ‘The first-response vehicle can take up to four firefighters, there might only be two available because they are reducing the number of firefighter posts.

‘We are going to be too stretched.’