Fire services join forces to create control room

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HAMPSHIRE’S fire service is teaming up with three others to provide a combined control room to respond to emergency calls.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service will work with Devon & Somerset, Dorset, and Wiltshire services, in the Networked Fire Control Services Partnership (NFCSP).

The eight-year contract costs £7.2m between all four services, and hopes to provide savings in the long term.

Dave Curry, chairman of the NFCSP strategic board, said: ‘Because all four fire and rescue services will have the same technology in their control centres, it will give us far greater resilience.

‘If one service is under pressure for whatever reason, one of the others will be able to provide full support.

‘This integrated system will allow us to work together even more effectively than we do at the moment, and that can only be good for public and firefighter safety.’