L-R: Deputy PCC Emma Foody, Station Manager Craig Day, Cllr Liz Plant, Sgt. Sarah Merall and Police & Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping today praised the collaborative work underway at a new co-location police and fire station in West Bridgford.
The PCC was joined by his Deputy Emma Foody and Cllr Liz Plant during a visit to the existing West Bridgford Fire Station, which is now home to officers and detectives from Rushcliffe’s Neighbourhood, Response and CID teams.
The new Joint Fire and Police Station, which has undergone some redevelopment work to create new working areas for the two organisations including a shared kitchen, dining and welfare facilities, is the latest in a series of collaboration and co-location projects designed to improve efficiency, promote closer working relationships and increase opportunities for interoperability when responding to joint incidents.
Speaking after the visit, Mr Tipping said: “Already, this new co-location base is reaping the dividends of a mutual working space with increased information sharing and practical improvements to the way in which frontline Police and Fire Service officers respond to and manage incidents.
“Ultimately, this project is aimed at enhancing the performance of both organisations to increase public safety and I’m impressed at the way in which each agency is already maximising their new shared environment.
“As key blue light responders, the police and the fire service already work closely together. The new facility cements the strong partnership already in place and encourages further pooling of skills, expertise and strategic thinking.
“Residents living in Rushcliffe will continue to benefit from an excellent frontline response in their community. The area’s Operation Reacher team is based at the new joint base and will continue to drive out organised crime across local neighbourhoods, disrupting and dismantling criminal gangs causing misery for local people.”
Chief Fire Officer John Buckley said: "As well as making financial sense, collaborative working brings teams closer together to help keep our communities safe. We were pleased to welcome Mr Tipping and his Deputy PCC Emma Foody, to the joint station to see this excellent work in action."
Neighbourhood Inspector Craig Berry said: "The fire station is a great facility which will ensure that both emergency services can work even closer and provide an even better service to the local community.
“By sharing premises we can ensure value for money for the public, whilst promoting joint working which will serve our communities well.
"It's important to stress that although officers are moving out of the town centre, we will be very much available for the local community as we always have been. There will be no policing impact that will affect local residents.
"We are simply moving base and keeping the same presence in the West Bridgford area.
"It was fantastic to show Mr Tipping and Ms Foody around the co-location and meet officers and detectives from our neighbourhood, response and CID teams who are already at home here after making the move last month."
The project follows the launch of a blue-light tri-service hub in Hucknall which is being shared by Nottinghamshire Police, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).
The hub, based at EMAS’s ambulance station site in Annesley Road, will enable the three emergency services to work closer together and deliver improved efficiency and effectiveness to the public.
Police and Fire Service personnel also share premises at Highfields, West Bridgford and London Road fire stations.
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Posted on Thursday 22nd October 2020