Dehenna Davison MP has met with firefighters as part of recess engagements to gain a deeper understanding of local challenges.
Early August Dehenna Davison met up with the local Fire service in Bishop Auckland for a socially distanced catch up on their work and local challenges they face in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. Upon arrival Davison was welcomed by the District Manager for Bishop Auckland Community Fire Station, Lee, and then joined the whole team for a sit-down Q&A where no topic was off limits.
Whilst Parliament has been off for the summer recess, Davison has been out visiting a range of businesses and industries across her constituency, including, Durham Police, where the MP joined officers out on the beat for a day of work. She has also met with local farmers, voluntary clubs like the Teesdale Gun Club, Teesdale Sailing and Watersports Club and Bishop based business Breaking Bread.
During the visit staff also discussed with Dehenna their need for more volunteer on call firefighters, a vital part of today’s Fire and Rescue Service. She was then given a tour of the station and looked at some of their equipment including the tools used in traffic collisions.
Commenting on her visit, Dehenna said:
“Over recess I have been trying to get out across our constituency and visit a range of businesses and services to get a strong understanding of each industry and the challenges they’re fighting in the current climate.
“If anyone out there is interested in doing their bit to support our firefighters, I would urge them to sign up to be an on-call firefighter. You must either live or work within 5 minutes of the station in order to respond to emergencies when alerted by pager.
“My thanks go to Lee and his amazing team for taking their time to sit down with me and chat candidly about Government support for the fire service, and about their concerns as lockdown eases and we begin going out again. The team very kindly have invited me to join them in the near future to experience some training and I cannot wait to come back!"