Police and Fire Service look to build joint station in Hereford
Efforts to build new fire and police stations in Hereford have led the local fire and rescue service and police force to work together in an attempt to construct an innovative shared facility in the city centre.
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) and West Mercia Police can confirm they are looking to develop a site on Edgar Street, to the north of the football stadium, for use as a joint police and fire station.
Both organisations are working closely with officers from Herefordshire Council to assess whether the site is suitable for their joint needs. Now the Edgar Street location has been identified, the Fire Service can confirm it will no longer be looking at the previous potential site at the Herefordshire Council office buildings in Bath Street.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer John Hodges said: "We have found working in close collaboration with our colleagues at the police on this exciting project to be very fruitful. We already have a very successful joint police and fire station in Bromsgrove and officers from both organisations have found real benefits in working alongside each other.
"It gives us greater joint training opportunities and helps us improve the management of incidents and ultimately the ability to deliver a better service to the public that we serve. It also is an excellent use of scarce resources in the current climate of reduced budgets.
"We are currently at the stage of carrying out feasibility studies into the Edgar Street site, so the project is in its early days. We will update the public with any further developments."
West Mercia PCC Bill Longmore said: "I'm very pleased that this project is moving forward in such a positive way. The police and fire service enjoy a very good relationship, and it's great to see this sort of collaboration between public organisations. It's a new way of working, but I am a big supporter of a partnership approach - it will improve services for both organisations, and be financially beneficial for the people of Herefordshire."
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