Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Planning to protect our Roman heritage

FIREFIGHTERS have drawn up new plans to protect South Shields's historic Roman heritage.

They have taken details of the layout of Arbeia fort and museum to help them should fire break out.

And a similar survey has also been done at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, in Ocean Road.

Ten other North East sites which store valuable objects have been specially scanned and surveyed in case of emergency.

John Baines, area manager for community safety with the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said it was part of a commitment to protect the region's heritage.

He added: "This latest development increases the tools at our disposal to preserve these buildings and their contents.

"Our crews now have the information they need to deal with incidents and to help improve the safety of the public and firefighters."

Concise and up-to-date plans have been made of buildings run by Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums.

Should disaster strike, firemen have vital advance information about the layout of the affected building.