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Police and Fire Service to host joint public meeting on water safety
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 27th January 2017 at 11:17

Northumbria Police will be joined by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service next week for a live public meeting on water safety. The police Marine Neighbourhood Policing Team will be joined by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service's Swift Water Rescue Team to speak to members of the public via an online Q&A session. Between 6pm and 7pm on Thursday, February 2, representatives from both organisations will be responding to questions and offering advice. The subject for the online session is a simple one: “What would you like to see to improve water safety in the area and do you have any questions for the people who respond to water incidents?” Organisers of the event want to hear from anyone who has concerns, suggestions or would like to raise a question so that they can build relationships with the community. Those on hand to answer any questions include: - From Northumbria Police: Sgt Suzanne Crossley and two further members of the Northumbria Police Marine NPT - From Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service: Watch Manager Lisa Fletcher and two further members of the Swift Water Rescue Team. Sgt Crossley, head of Northumbria Police's Marine NPT, said: "We will be joined by colleagues at the fire service at our base at Viking park in Jarrow to find out exactly what you want to see from those responsible for keeping our waterways safe. "Lots of people spend their lives working and living on our rivers and coastlines so this is the chance for those people to be able to pose questions about what really matters to them. "We are determined to build up positive relationships with our local communities and these kind of events give the public a direct line to those responsible for deploying resources on the water. "Keeping the rivers and coastline safe is a partnership effort and I am sure that together we can come up with solutions to any problems raised in this online Q&A session. "There are no silly questions and if there are burning issues that you have about water safety, anti-social behaviour or how we respond to emergencies on the river then please join in!" Watch Manager Lisa Fletcher, of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "This is a great opportunity for us to find out what concerns our communities have involving water safety and equally a chance for the public to ask us questions. It is important that we raise the awareness of dangers but also educate others about how to stay safe around water. “This event will also increase the awareness of how closely we work with our partner agencies such as Northumbria Police and we are looking forward to hearing from the public with any thoughts and suggestions.” The blog can be accessed by visiting the Northumbria Police website here:
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