Police and fire services to team up

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Merseyside Fire & Rescue © Flickr/Harrypope

Merseyside Fire &Rescue © Flickr/Harrypope

Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue are set to join forces by setting up a joint Police and Fire Control Centre.

The centre will be based at the Fire and Rescue headquarters in Bootle, and will see both services share a control room.

The idea of merging of the control rooms was first suggested by Merseyside Police after the two emergency services shared a control centre during the riots in August 2011.

The move is being made to ensure greater efficiency in delivering services, and Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy has said that the merging of headquarters will ultimately be a cheaper way to deliver services.

She said: “This collaboration will not only provide a more efficient service to the Merseyside community but it will also be a more cost-effective way of meeting on-going service delivery needs in what are very challenging financial times.”

Ms Kennedy also outlined the employment that the move would bring to the locality, indicating that the refurbishment and building work set for the centre will be outsourced to local suppliers.

She said: “It is vital that a major contract of this type should bring benefits to the local area and we’re delighted that this will be happening.

“This is another example of successful partnership working and I’m thrilled that young people in the area will be able to gain valuable experience by working on this development.”

Cllr Dave Hanratty, Chair of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority,  said: “This Merseyside solution will provide opportunities for long-term partnership working and savings as well as real benefits for our mobilizing and command and control functions.”

The centre is expected to open next spring.

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