Consultation begins on cross-county fire control roomBy Laura Herbert
April 16, 2012
A consultation has been launched into a proposed shared control centre between Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) and Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (OFRS).
The consultation, which launched on Friday, is on RBFRS and OFRS’ plans to move from their current individual control rooms to a single, shared control centre, provisionally called the Thames Valley Fire Control Service (TVFCS).
The plans for the proposed TVFCS include the installation of state-of-the-art technology, such as new telephone systems that will allow control operators to identify the exact location of the caller and a new fire appliance mobilising system, which will lead to improved emergency response times.
Sharing a function will enable both services to make significant improvements, compared to the potential cost of upgrading both existing control rooms. It is estimated combined savings of £880,000 will be made across both fire and rescue services.
No decision has yet been made on where the new shared control centre would be located.
Olaf Baars, acting chief fire officer at RBFRS, said: “By sharing a control function with Oxfordshire, we believe we can provide a more resilient, cost-effective and improved service to the public we serve.
“However, as with any proposals for change, we understand that some people may have a different view.”
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