Walk The Moon: Shut Up and DanceiTunesAmazon

£2m Grant To Move Fire Calls To Cambridgeshire

bucks fire and rescue logo

6:01am 5th March 2012

Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority has secured a £1.8 million government grant to pay for the set-up costs of its control room project.

Last September, it rejected plans to create a Thames Valley wide fire control room with near neighbours Oxfordshire and Berkshire - and instead in November 2011, it submitted a bid to support its proposal to join the combined Cambridgeshire and Suffolk control room in Huntingdon.

Fire Minister Bob Neill has now announced it had been approved as part of a £74m package to improve the resilience and efficiency of local fire and rescue control rooms across England.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Adrian Crook, told Mix96: "We are pleased to note the support from the government for our preferred option of a combined control room initiative with Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.

This will deliver many benefits and efficiencies, including the provision of enhanced emergency call-handling technology, improved fire and rescue service interoperability and local and national resilience. It will also create sustainable savings, thereby relieving pressure upon local taxpayers." 

DCFO Crook added "The funding means we can implement this plan without financial impact upon our own resources and frontline operational firefighting resources."

The plan to share a control room follows the cancellation in 2010 of the previous government’s FiReControl project, which would have replaced the 46 fire service control rooms in England, including Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service's control room in Aylesbury, with nine regional centres.

Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority considered a number of options before deciding in September last year that a partnership with Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service, to which Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service had already transferred its control room function, appeared to offer the best combination of service, value and readiness.

It is making every effort to redeploy control room staff affected by the proposal. As a first step, substantive recruitment into any role that control room staff have the skills to do, or could have with a reasonable amount of training, is being filled on a temporary or fixed-term basis.

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Email Icon Get the latest local news direct to your inbox.
Sign up now for our email updates
.

Comments

No comments have been posted and approved yet.

Submit a Comment

Please log in to comment on this page.

Suggested articles
Bucks Fire Logo

Vehicles set on fire in Chesham

Two cars and a lorry were targeted

aylesburyunited_square

Aylesbury United move home again

...And it's still not back to Aylesbury

Most read
Wendover Woods

Big improvements coming to Wendover Woods

Work starts today on creating a new car park, with more to come

Thames Valley Police

Appeal for witnesses after fatal car crash in Aylesbury

An elderly driver died in the accident.

Newer article

Aylesbury's Childrens' Services are Moving Home

Local: The promise of better facilities for nursing services for kids

Older article

Chalfont Man Jailed After Sex Assaults

Local: 55 year-old man admits sexually assaulting two under-age teenage boys

Top articles

Man lives 'indulgent lifestyle' using fake name for credit cards

Local: The 51-year-old from High Wycombe has now been caught and sentenced.

Sky Data Brexit poll: Half of Britons happy about EU divorce process starting

National: Across the country, emotions ran high during the EU referendum campaign - but there is little sign of Bregret from voters as Theresa May prepares to pull the trigger on Brexit.

HS2: 'It's Stolen My Time & Things I'd Promised Myself For 40 Years'

Local: Stan Mason is 79 and has been fighting the High Speed route for over 6 years. We wanted to see how that's affected him

Leyton Orient stave off winding up order after £1m pledge by owner

Sport: A £1m pledge from the owner of Leyton Orient FC has saved the club from a winding-up order, but fans believe the club is still in "mortal danger".

US diplomat hits back at Mosul civilian death claims

World: A former US ambassador to the United Nations has hit back at claims of an increase in civilian casualties in the battle for Mosul.