Rushcliffe neighbourhood policing team has today moved into the West Bridgford Fire Station as a part of a blue light collaboration that will ensure that existing quality front line policing remains at the heart of the community.
The shared premises with fire crews in Loughborough Road will help increase efficiencies and promote closer working between the two organisations when responding to incidents and tackling local issues.
The move follows similar co-locations between Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, at Highfields and London Road fire stations, and also at Carlton and East Leake where the police have contact points for the public. Work to develop a joint Police and Fire Headquarters in Arnold is also under way.
Earlier this year, the first tri-emergency services hub was created in Hucknall, as Police and Fire personnel moved into the existing East Midlands Ambulance station.
The fire station at West Bridgford has undergone some redevelopment work in order to create dedicated working areas for the two organisations, as well as shared kitchen, dining and welfare facilities, and additional parking.
Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “The force is committed to providing a quality service to the public including investing in front line policing and working with partner agencies to keep people safe.
“This move will allow us to further improve our partnership working with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service whilst ensuring the Rushcliffe continues to have an excellent front line policing offer in the community it serves.”
Police staff and officers will be moving into the fire station from today to settle in with new fire colleagues.
Neighbourhood Inspector Craig Berry said: “The Fire Station is a great facility which will ensure that both emergency services can work even closer and provide an even better service to the local community.
“By sharing premises we can ensure value for money for the public, whilst promoting joint working which will serve our communities well.
“Officers and detectives from our Neighbourhood, Response and CID teams will make the move in this week.
“It’s important to stress that although officers are moving out of the town centre, we will be very much available for the local community as we always have been. There will be no policing impact that will affect local residents.
“We are simply moving base and keeping the same presence in the West Bridgford area.
“Officers will continue to use West Bridgford Police Station as a location to do training until the building is sold.”
The force owns the old police station in Rectory Road and is due to be sold. The sale of the station will be invested into other police projects and it will lower estate running costs for the benefit of the police budget.
The sharing of premises with the Fire Service will allow public money to be used by both organisations in a better way for the benefit of the Nottinghamshire public.
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service Area Manager, Craig Day, said: “We are delighted to welcome the police to our new joint fire and police station here at West Bridgford.
“Being located in the same building will drive our collaborative efforts forward as we work together in our community, share information and find new ways of working together to create safer communities.”
Local residents looking to speak to their local neighbourhood team can still ring 101 for non-emergencies at any time on any day.