One of Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service's (NFRS) Stations has welcomed new arrivals in the form of officers from Nottinghamshire Police today (19 June), as a new era begins at the station.
Carlton Fire Station will now be home to front counter staff from the police station in the town, and is the first station in the county to see a police and fire collaboration.
The front counter was previously used by Service District Administrators, who have now moved into three new admin hubs in the north, south and centre of the county.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire, Paddy Tipping attended the opening, alongside Assistant Chief Fire Officer at NFRS, Craig Parkin, and Head of Contact Management for Nottinghamshire Police, Superintendent Paul Burrows.
Members of the public will now be able to speak to front counter staff by visiting Carlton Fire Station on Manor Road between the hours of 10am and 6pm Monday to Friday.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Craig Parkin, said: "This is the first time that we have seen a collaboration with Nottinghamshire Police on one of our sites, which offers great potential for the future wider use of our resources to benefit the local community.
"The front counter office at Carlton had been unused for some time, and as our police colleagues looked to relocate within the town, it was a great opportunity for us to collaborate with our blue light partners to help to create safer communities.
"It was a pleasure to welcome officers into their new home this morning and I hope that they enjoy working from our station."
Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, said: "This is a great way to make more use of existing facilities in the interests of the local community and it will keep the police firmly located in the heart of the community. It's good to see the local emergency services working so closely together and I hope that we will be able to do much more in the future."
Neighbourhood Inspector Steven O'Neill, said: "This is a great opportunity to utilise available work-space in one of our key partners' buildings. We are pleased that we will be able to continue to provide the front counter service to the people of Carlton and want to reassure them that nothing will change apart from the location."
First Contact Development Manager, Sophie Barker said: "The new location remains at the heart of the Carlton community within an established emergency service building. There will be no change to our opening hours or the counter services previously provided.
"We look forward to sharing space with our emergency service colleagues working together for a safer Nottinghamshire."