£1.3m equipment, training boost for Welsh fire services

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Image caption £1.3m funds for Fire services will improve working conditions and safety for firefighters

Fire and rescue services in Wales will receive more than £1.3m of funds to improve working conditions and safety.

Around £600,000 will be spent on equipment including thermal imaging cameras and hand-held radios for fire services across Wales.

The Earlswood Training Centre in Neath will receive £750,000 to pay for a refurbishment.

Social Justice Minister, Carl Sargeant, said it was "essential" firefighters had the right equipment.

Equipment such as thermal imaging cameras and hand held radios protect firefighters from injury and allow them to communicate at incidents, said the Minister.

The refurbishment of the Earlswood Training Centre in Neath will include the construction of new shower and toilet facilities, kitchen, dry-kit room and accommodation for up to 12 fire-fighters.

On-site accommodation will allow more time to be spent training fire-fighters and encourage collaboration between other blue light organisations, said Mr Sargeant.

The refurbishment work will be carried out by local businesses.

"Our firefighters undertake difficult and dangerous work," Mr Sargeant said.

"I believe it is essential that we provide our firefighters with the equipment and facilities they need to continue protecting the people of Wales," Mr Sargeant said.

"I am therefore delighted to announce this funding that I hope will not only improve our firefighters' working conditions, but crucially, their safety."

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