Plans for firefighters and police to work in ‘closer collaboration’ welcomed

Police and crime commissioner Lorne Green has welcomed the news of plans for firefighters and police

Police and crime commissioner Lorne Green has welcomed the news of plans for firefighters and police to share spaces in north Norfolk. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Plans for the county's firefighters and police officers to work in closer collaboration have been welcomed by the police and crime commissioner.

Proposals for police to share space with the fire and rescue service at two north Norfolk fire stations are due to be discussed at a county council cabinet meeting in June.

And the scheme - lauded as a "win-win" for the area - has also been welcomed for its potential for "closer collaboration" between the two emergency services.

Lorne Green, Norfolk's police and crime commissioner (PCC), described the plans for extensions to be built at Holt and Reepham fire stations to encourage joint working, as part of "a county wide strategy".

Mr Green said: "These are the ones that for now have shown to be most suitable.

"Other possibilities are being considered across Norfolk.

"It just happens that the consultation for Holt and Reepham was complete."

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He added that the possibility for collaboration across other fire stations was under discussion, and said: "The possibility is there.

"I think it shows the growing collaboration between the fire and rescue service and the constabulary with the potential for the two to work more closely together."

The plans were also welcomed by Greg Peck, Norfolk County Council (NCC) cabinet member for commercial services and asset management, who said: "This is a win-win for the county council and the police.

"It contributes to our property savings and supports joint working between the emergency services."

The cabinet is set to approve the idea at Holt and Reepham fire stations, as part of its overall plans to save £2.4 million from its property budget over the next three years.

The cabinet will consider allowing the PCC to build extensions to Holt and Reepham fire stations, as part of the ongoing collaboration between emergency services.

A council spokesperson said: "The county council would receive an annual ground rent of £2,500 for Holt and £1,500 for Reepham, over a 125-year period."

The cabinet is due to meet at 10am on Monday, June 10 to consider the report.

It will be webcast live on the county council's You Tube channel and a recording available to watch afterwards.

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