Princess officially opens Bromsgrove Police and Fire Station
Her Royal Highness arrived at Bromsgrove Police and Fire Station in Slideslow Drive at 2pm, where the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Lt Col Patrick Holcroft LVO, OBE, presented local dignitaries including Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates.
Also present were the chairman of Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Authority, Cllr Derek Prodger MBE, Chief Constable David Shaw from West Mercia Police, and Police and Crime Commissioner Bill Longmore.
They offered Princess Alexandra the opportunity to tour the new joint Bromsgrove Police and Fire Station.
The tour started at the new fire and rescue facilities where the Princess met firefighters and viewed fire engines and equipment before talking to volunteers and young firefighters about their work and roles. Her Royal Highness also met Group Leaders from Hereford & Worcestershire Fire and Rescue Authority.
Princess Alexandra then toured the police facilities to meet staff members, volunteers, partners and community recipients including the local Safer Neighbourhood Team.
The Princess also met the staff involved in youth engagement and cadet activities, officers responsible for policing our roads and the North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership.
Chief Officer Mark Yates of Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said: "We are delighted Princess Alexandra could join us to officially open Bromsgrove Police and Fire Station and to mark the occasion by unveiling a commemorative plaque.
"We already have a close working relationship with West Mercia Police and being stationed together is only cementing that further.
"It gives us greater joint training opportunities and will help us improve the management of incident scenes. It also is an excellent use of scarce resources in the current climate of reduced budgets.
"The official opening is the culmination of a lot of hard work by teams at Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and West Mercia Police and I would like to thank all those involved."
Chief Constable Shaw added: "Bromsgrove Police and Fire Station is the first project delivered under the Worcestershire Capital Asset Pathfinder initiative, which looks at how combining public services, such as police and fire and rescue, in one location, can lead to better local services, increased value for money and efficiencies through shared services.
"Being in the same building brings together specialist knowledge from both organisations and since moving into the new building in 2014, there have been many occasions when this has been extremely beneficial."
The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, Bill Longmore said "Ensuring value for money for residents in Bromsgrove, while maintaining high quality, accessible services is very important. Sharing this building with the Fire Service is a great example of how the force is embracing new ways of working smarter with its partners."
As well as improving joint working between police and fire colleagues, the new building is a 'greener' and more efficient solution for the town.
Solar panels contribute to heating and electricity and lighting sensors and a heating control system combine to minimise the carbon footprint. The rain water is also harvested to provide filtered water to the building, all helping to reduce annual running costs by up to 25%.
By joining forces, the police and fire service have also saved an estimated 20% on building costs.
The project has been funded by the police, with the fire service committed to a 25-year tenancy agreement.
For more information, please contact Hazel Nicholas at Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police Corporate Communications Dept on 01789 444754.