Fire service to seek more police collaboration

The county's fire and rescue service will seek further ways to work alongside the police over the coming year, it has been announced
The county's fire and rescue service will seek further ways to work alongside the police over the coming year, it has been announced

The county’s fire and rescue service will seek further ways to work alongside the police over the coming year, it has been announced.

Changing the way the service works, including via collaboration with partner organisations, is listed as one of the service’s key actions for 2015 in a Community Protection Plan which the county council’s cabinet this week approved for public consultation.

The police and fire service already run joint community protection and operations planning teams, described by Chief Constable Adrian Lee as being “another positive step towards greater integration between the two services”.

The fire service document agreed this week states: “Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue service and Northamptonshire Police recognise that successful collaboration and integration among blue light services and other partners is a critical element of meeting the financial challenge and for providing the best outcomes for the community.

“There will still be service specific functions which will remain where there is no benefit in bringing them together.

“There will be a continuing drive to integrate services where there are clearly identified benefits in doing so.”

Examples include the shared use of property and integration in fleet provision.