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Emergency services share premises

10 Aug 2015 11:00 AM

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Emergency services in Northumberland have teamed up to share premises and save money.

Officers from Northumbria Police are now based at four of Northumberland Fire and Rescue's community fire stations across the county.

Officers re-located to Bellingham Community Fire Station last July, followed this year by Ponteland in February, Haltwhistle in March and most recently Seahouses in June.

The moves enables the force to sell off older buildings, which are expensive to maintain and have costly routine running expenses,
with proceeds from them put back into policing. The idea was agreed with the public following consultation.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: "It's important that all public services do all they can to ensure they're getting value for money which comes from the public purse. It makes a great deal of sense for us to share premises with our partners as we both achieve benefits with reduced overheads.

"I'm pleased to say these arrangements are working well for both ourselves and the fire service and we are all very happy with the outcome.

"Most importantly it is also benefits the public as officers working closely with partners continue to provide the best service they can to our communities and neighbourhoods."

Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council Dave Ledger, who also has responsibility for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We are always looking at ways of providing an improved service to our communities and when we were approached by Northumbria Police it seemed a sensible approach for their officers to share space in some of our stations.

“In some parts of Northumberland, particularly the rural areas, there is not always scope to move into new purpose-built accommodation and refurbishment of old buildings can also be costly.  This co-location has been a positive move for both ourselves and the police and has meant even closer working between our two services and ultimately enables us to better protect our communities.”

These police offices based in community fire stations, like the old police buildings, offer the same police assistance by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency.

To contact the Neighbourhood Policing Team call 101, extension 69191, or visit the Northumbria Police website, www.northumbria.police.uk

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