Fire Authority gives green light to proceed with the Wyre Forest Emergency Services Hub
The Fire Authority gave the go ahead for the Wyre Forest Emergency Services Hub at their meeting yesterday morning (11 October). The decision followed an extensive 10 week consultation on the location of the hub and a full 12 week consultation on the principle of the hub.
The two locations that were consulted on were Silverwoods Park and Stourpoint 5, which are both on Stourport Road.
Chief Fire Officer Nathan Travis said: "The Fire Authority has considered the results from the recent consultation and have now decided on a location for the hub. This will be publically disclosed in due course, once negotiations have taken place."
He continued: "This is a positive step for the Service and for the people of the Wyre Forest. The hub has a whole host of benefits including increased joint training opportunities, improved management of a broader range of community risks and ultimately a more resilient prevention, protection and emergency response function across the three communities of Kidderminster, Stourport and Bewdley."
Chairman Derek Prodger MBE said: "As Chairman I would like to thank the residents of Bewdley, Stourport and Kidderminster and the local villages for their participation and support. I would like to thank the many local councillors who helped the Fire Authority make this important decision to enable the Wyre Forest Emergency Hub to proceed."
The hub, which successfully secured £2.38 million of government funding back in 2013, will house the fire service, the police and other voluntary emergency services.
Further information on the project and the previous consultations can be found on the Service website at www.hwfire.org.uk