Funding boost for Fire and Rescue Service

06 March 2012

Northamptonshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service has been awarded £1.8 million of government funding to upgrade the service’s mobilising system.

The money is part of a £74 million government fund aimed at supporting locally-led projects to improve the resilience and efficiency of local fire and rescue control rooms across England.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service submitted a joint bid with Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service as part of its ongoing work to save money through joint procurement and collaborative solutions. Warwickshire was also awarded £1.8m, making the total funding awarded for both services £3.6 million.

Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage, cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection said: “The money will be used to improve the efficiency and quality of the service we are able to provide, including faster mobilization of crews to attend emergencies, enhanced and dynamic information and the move from voice to data communication”.

“The county council has also approved additional capital investment to enhance the control room building itself, which will improve the working environment for the staff who work 24/7 in this function. Together these projects will see real improvements in our control room, therefore helping the fire and rescue service to better protect our local communities.”

The improvement work is now set to begin and is expected to take around three years to be fully completed.

Further information about the funding is available on the Department and Communities Website, together with a summary of the bids at
www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/2097814

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