A local MP was given a tour around a shared blue light service base and was impressed with how efficiently the organisations are working since the move last year.
Rushcliffe MP Ruth Edwards gained an insight into the effective collaboration between police and fire colleagues, as well as meeting local officers and firefighters to learn about upcoming community projects, when she visited the shared Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service base in West Bridgford.
Local police officers moved into the premises in Loughborough Road in September and eight months on the relationship between both emergency services continues to strengthen.
The move followed similar collaborations between the police force and fire service at Highfields and London Road fire stations.
Mrs Edwards said: “It was great to see the new joint centre. Collaboration between the police and fire service can provide real benefits for the public and help each service better meet the demands and challenges they face.”
“I was delighted to visit both Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service to meet local leaders as well as police officers and firefighters on the frontline.
“I would like to thank them for everything they do to protect us and the amazing job they have done in very difficult circumstances throughout the pandemic.”
Neighbourhood Inspector Craig Berry said: “It was fantastic to welcome Ruth Edwards and show her around the premises, meet the team and discuss how closely we work together which ultimately means a better service and better value for the public.
“We’ve been made to feel very welcome and I believe both teams are working closer than ever before and share resources and intelligence for investigations and live incidents.
“The shared premises with fire crews has helped increase efficiencies and promote closer working between the two organisations when tackling local issues.
“There has been a lot of work on site to create shared and dedicated working areas for the two organisations, as well as a shared kitchen, dining and welfare facilities, and additional parking.
“The fire station is a great facility and ensures that both emergency services can work even closer together.
“By sharing premises we can ensure value for money for the public, while promoting joint working which will serve our communities well.”
Station Manager Craig Day said: “West Bridgford Fire and Police Station is a great example of collaborative working between Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and Nottinghamshire Police. Working closely together improves our combined effectiveness and means better outcomes for the communities we serve.
“It was a pleasure to meet with Ruth Edwards MP, have the opportunity to showcase the station and for her to meet the on-duty team based here. We hope she enjoyed her visit.”