Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, was given a first-hand experience of life on a fire station last week as he spent a day with London Road’s Green Watch.
During the 12-hour shift Mr Tipping took part in a range of activities with the city-based crew. He joined them for their morning gym session, took part in a range of operational drills and got an insight into the history of London Road Fire Station, and its predecessor Central, before going out into the community to carry out some home safety checks.
The visit gave Nottinghamshire’s PCC a greater insight into the work of Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, as well as giving the watch a greater insight into policing across the county.
“It goes without saying that we really enjoyed welcoming Paddy onto station,” said Andy Lindley, Station Manager at London Road.
“It was a good opportunity to get his perspective on the Service, and an excellent opportunity for him to understand how a modern fire and rescue service operates.
“He was able to drill and exercise with the watch, join us for some home safety checks and assist with what we call a site-specific risk information visit – where we look round a local site to get a better understanding of the risks that we may encounter if we’re ever to attend operationally.
“We wanted to give him a holistic view of our work and hopefully we were able to do that, I think it’s fair to say it was a great day for all involved.”
Thanking Green Watch, Paddy Tipping said: “I recently became a member of the Fire Authority and I believe that it’s important to talk to people on the frontline. I learned a lot and I was very impressed with what I heard and saw.
I’m grateful to Green Watch in particular, and the whole Fire and Rescue Service, for inviting me. It was a good, thoroughly interesting, day.”