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Firefighters praised for tackling Ilkley Moor fires

Judith has thanked the firefighters of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service for their handling of the Ilkley Moor fires.

The remarks were made during a House of Commons debate, where she called for fire services across the country to be given the funding they need to do their jobs.  

There were fires in two areas of the moor, covering at least 25,000 square metres.

Judith Cummins MP said: “Our brave firefighters have done an amazing job tackling the fire over several days, and I am hugely greatly for their efforts, but they should not have to be as overstretched as they currently are. We cannot take risks with public safety, and the Ilkley Moor fire is a reminder of how essential our fire service is to our well-being.

“Huge fires are becoming more regular, so it’s about time fire services are given the funding they need to do their jobs."

John Grogan, MP for Keighley & Ilkley, added: “First and foremost West and North Yorkshire Firefighters, the Police and Bradford Council played a blinder. Protocols of how to work together in combating wildfires, which in recent years have been carefully agreed and trialled, worked a treat. 

“So useful was the helicopter that it may be time for the Councils of Yorkshire to club together and sign a long-term contract with a helicopter company so that one is available within hours to deal with wildfires anywhere in God’s own county.”


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