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Working better together

Lincolnshire’s emergency services are finding better ways to work together, making them more sustainable for the future

The emergency services - police, fire and ambulance - are vital to our safety and health. But how can we protect and improve our 999 provision in these difficult economic times?

Members of the Blue Light Collaboration Project

PULLING TOGETHER: Michelle McIlroy, from Lincolnshire Police, Clair Compton, from EMAS, and Karl Turrill, from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.

One way is for the so-called “blue light” services to work even more closely together, making every pound of public money go further.

With that in mind, an ambitious plan - known as the Blue Light Collaboration Programme - is underway in the county.

It involves East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), Fire and Rescue, Lincolnshire Police, the Police and Crime Commissioner and the county council.

Its main goal is to create modern shared premises for the three 999 organisations, saving money by cutting down on wasted space.

The relocation would also encourage collaboration, generating savings that can be re-invested in frontline services for the benefit of local communities.

The initiative builds on successful partnership work which has already seen Fire and Rescue support EMAS with the co-responder scheme and Joint Ambulance Conveyance Project.

Key elements of the programme include the following:

  • A new shared fire and police HQ at Nettleham - currently, only the police have their HQ there.
  • A shared control room for handling fire and police 999 calls on the same site.
  • A state-of-the-art ambulance, fire and police station for the Lincoln area, which will be created in the current fire HQ at South Park. It is due to be completed by 2019, and will be home to more than 400 staff.
  • The first joint EMAS and fire station, set to open in Louth’s Eastfield Road in August.
  • The programme will also be looking at ways the services can work more closely together - for example, by sharing a command support vehicle andemergency fuel storage.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s chief fire officer, Nick Borrill, said: “Building on our already close working relationships, this exciting initiative will enable us to achieve greater value for money and deliver the best service possible for the community.”

The programme is funded by a £7.5m investment from the Government’s Police Innovation Fund and match-funding from local services.

For more information, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/bluelight.

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Last updated: 29 June 2017

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