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Humberside Fire and Rescue Service wins Tata Steel deal

  • 4-3-2012

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has won a multi-million pound private contract to provide 24-hour emergency cover to a steel giant in Scunthorpe.

The deal with Tata Steel means retained firefighters will be stationed on site at its North Lincolnshire plant.

The fire service said money raised from the three-year contract would fund "community safety initiatives".

Tata said the dedicated service would help cut response times to incidents and boost the safety of its employees.

'Safer communities'

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service said its deal with the Indian steel company was "unique" because it would allow for all surplus funds to go back into community projects.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Dene Sanders said it could "lead the way for us to gain future contracts and for other fire and rescue services to do the same".

"Should this type of project prove successful it will allow us to put money into creating safer communities, increase availability of our fire engines and enhance the skills of our emergency services personnel leading to a more effective service," he said.

Sarah Smith, from Tata Steel, said the company was constantly reviewing its "risk management and incident prevention procedures".

"Humberside Fire and Rescue Solutions will provide a further boost to our focus on safety by ensuring the very best techniques and equipment will be used in the event of an incident on our site," she said.

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