We will proceed with correspondence. No. 191 is an Urban Knowledge Network newsletter which we will note. The next item is a European water newsletter which we will also note. No. 193 is an environmental newsletter and No. 194 is a homelessness newsletter and we will note these.
No. 195 is a letter from the Chief Fire Officers' Association expressing concern about the views expressed at the meeting of the joint committee with the Minister of State, Deputy Killeen, on 26 February 2008 regarding the Bray Fire Service. Do members have comments on this or will we note it? Members of the families and friends of the deceased came before the committee and they were more than harsh in what they stated about named individuals who were not here to protect themselves. I had to stop the line of debate being taken by the people. The Chief Fire Officers' Association has examined the text of the meeting and is unhappy with what was stated.
The gist of the letter is that people holding the rank of chief fire officer are not even at director of service level within the public service and local authorities. The public think a chief fire officer is an extremely senior person in a local authority but in fact he or she is several steps down from the county manager. People tend to blame a chief fire officer when several people above him or her make crucial decisions with regard to the allocation of resources and facilities.