999 bosses in talks on contingency plans

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SOUTH Yorkshire’s emergency services are gearing up for the threatened tanker strike, with 999 bosses holding a series of meetings to discuss contingency plans.

Police chiefs met yesterday to discuss ways of coping with a shortage of fuel, with the force operating a fleet of around 800 vehicles and spending around £2 million a year on petrol and diesel.

A force spokeswoman said they had their own and partner agency contingency plans in place if there was a strike.

Temporary assistant chief constable Bob Sanderson said: “We can reassure the public we have a healthy stock supply of fuel and if a strike were to go ahead, a normal service would continue and there would be no impact to our ability to respond to emergency incidents.”

A South Yorkshire Fire Service spokeswoman said: “It is business as usual for us - we still intend to attend all reported incidents, so nobody should be worried.”

Fire chiefs are warned fuel should not be stored in vehicles or domestic garages because of the risk it poses.

David Williams, director of operations at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: “In the event of any fuel shortage the ambulance service will not be affected.”

Public transport operators also have ‘contingency plans’.

A First spokesman said: “We do not envisage any immediate problems with our fuel supply as we have a number of contingency plans in place.”

A Stagecoach Group spokesman said: “We have been monitoring the situation and have been liaising closely with Government and our fuel suppliers to ensure we have robust contingency arrangements in place for our bus services and diesel trains.”