Grant secured for fire control room merger

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THE fire service has secured a £1.8 million grant to aid in the centralisation of its control room.

In November last year, Bucks and Milton Keynes Fire Authority submitted a bid to support its proposal to join the combined Cambridgeshire and Suffolk control room in Huntingdon.

Fire Minister Bob Neill has since announced that it had been approved as part of a £74 million package to improve local fire and rescue control rooms across England.

Bucks Fire and Rescue Service’s deputy chief fire officer, Adrian Crook, said: “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. It will also create sustainable savings, thereby relieving pressure upon local taxpayers. 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 the control room in Aylesbury, with nine regional centres.