In July 2011, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) identified £81m in funding for Fire and Rescue Services (FRSs) in England to improve their Fire Control (FC) Command and Control (CC) systems.
"The amount awarded, £3.6m, will go some way towards funding the shared Fire Control Service."
Chair of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor Len Bloomer
In order to maximise efficiency, and increase resilience, West Midlands and Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authorities signed a formal agreement back in November 2011 to work in partnership to develop a shared Fire Control Service covering the Staffordshire and West Midlands areas.
Work is now underway to determine how the shared facility might work. Part of that process includes examining the way in which we mobilise emergency vehicles to incidents, reviewing current working practices and the trialling of flexible working arrangements. Throughout the process, our priority will be to ensure that communities in both areas continue to receive a first class fire and rescue service.
A bid for a sum of £4.1m was submitted to DCLG to support the ambitious and far reaching scope of the project and assist in creating a highly efficient fire control solution which covers both areas. We have since learnt that our bid was successful, though we did not receive the full amount of funding.
Chair of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor Len Bloomer said, "The amount awarded, £3.6m, will go some way towards funding the shared Fire Control Service but we will need to review the scope of our ambitious bid to ensure that the shared facility has the technology and ICT resources we need."
Chair of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor John Edwards said, "We are delighted to have been awarded the funding and are confident it will enable us to move forward with our plans to create a highly effective shared resource for both Staffordshire and the West Midlands."