Commissioner welcomes police and fire collaboration
Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion has welcomed the latest collaborative approach between West Mercia Police and Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS).
Seven staff from HWFRS's West District Administration and Community Risk Team have joined West Mercia Police's Harm Hub, to work in an integrated way from Hereford Police Station on Bath Street.
The two teams will work together to protect the most vulnerable people in the community. HWFRS Group Commander Richie Jordan will also work alongside Superintendent Sue Thomas to provide a coordinated leadership approach throughout incidents involving both services.
PCC John Campion said: "The approach is about more than just working side by side, it's about providing the most efficient and effective public and emergency services to our local communities. By integrating in this way our teams can share knowledge, resources and skills, working to the same aim to protect the most vulnerable people. This is just one example of a close partnership which I am pleased to support. As Commissioner, I am keen to look at ways we can continue to work together in the future to provide the best service for the public."
In a joint statement HWFRS Group Commander Richie Jordan and Superintendent Sue Thomas said: "This collaboration has allowed our two services to build on our already close relationship. By working in a more integrated way we can learn from and improve our understanding of each other, allowing us to explore a number of new opportunities to benefit the communities we both serve.
Threats of harm can be varied, with some crossover for both services. The teams will work together to identify, reduce and prevent these threats, continuing to keep the public safe."