Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service Press Release

Report highlights fire service's cutting edge control room

A Government report has highlighted the huge amount of work being put into improving the county's fire control room to keep local people safe.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service launched its new cutting edge facility earlier this year following a £1.8 million injection of cash from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

The money has also been spent on replacing the mobilising system at every fire station in the county and reconfiguring the mobilising computer network for increased security and resilience, and to enable further collaboration with partner services.

The DCLG has highlighted the county project in its September 2013 update of the Future Control Room Services Scheme - which includes a summary of the national picture in fire and rescue authority improvement plans.

The report shows the progress being made by the service to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the control room and its functions.

Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall said: "Gloucestershire was one of only four fire and rescue services to be supported with delivering an integrated control and command system on a single county basis."

"This was because of the superb outcomes delivered through arrangements with the police and ambulance services. I am pleased with progress to date and we will continue to develop the system with the aid of central government grant."

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "People may recall our disagreement with proposals to deliver control of our fire service from a regional centre in Taunton."

"We remain pleased that our arguments prevailed and that, three years on, we see Gloucestershire leading the way once again with a responsive and locally delivered solution."

Notes to Editors:

Issued by Keith Coles, Gloucestershire County Council media team, 01452 425391

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3rd October 2013