Emergency calls to be shared between two fire services

FIRE services in South and West Yorkshire will soon be handling each others emergency calls.

Both services have received a £3.6 million government grant to upgrade their control room IT systems, which will enable both services to handle each other’s calls when necessary.

Long-term efficiency savings for the services will be over £400,000 a year and the system should be up and running by the summer of 2014.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer Mark Shaw said: “At a time of significant financial pressure, this money will enable both services to fully-integrate their mobilising systems to manage their own control rooms independently whilst enjoying lower unit costs and far greater resilience and security.

“By 2014, control room staff in South and West Yorkshire will be using the most efficient and sophisticated mobilisation technology available – and at significantly lower cost.”