Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has praised the collaborative work taking place at West Bridgford’s new co-location Fire and Police Station.
The PCC visited the site on Loughborough Road with his Deputy, Emma Foody, and Nottinghamshire County Councillor Liz Plant on Friday 16 October to see how officers and detectives from Rushcliffe’s Neighbourhood, Response and CID teams are getting on in their new base.
Police moved into the existing Fire Station building last month after redevelopment work to create new working areas, a shared kitchen, dining and welfare facilities. It is the latest in a series of collaboration and co-location projects designed to improve efficiency, promote closer working relationships and help joint responses.
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 Deputy Emma Foody to the joint station to see this excellent work in action."
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 front-line 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.”
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, while Police and Fire Service personnel are sharing premises at Highfields and London Road Fire Stations. There are also Police contact points at Carlton and East Leake Fire Stations and a joint Police and Fire Headquarters is being developed.
Pictured (from left to right) are Emma Foody, Station Manager Craig Day, Councillor Liz Plant, Sergeant Sarah Merall and Paddy Tipping.