Fire and rescue service staff sharing headquarters with police
Fire and rescue service staff have moved in with their police counterparts to share headquarters.
West Mercia Police have welcomed colleagues from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) to Hindlip Park.
The move is intended to build the already close relationship between the two organisations, bring efficiencies and reduce overheads.
Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “The two organisations already work hand in hand, with a shared ultimate aim of keeping people safe.
“Whilst I welcome the efficiencies this will bring, the changes are about more than just buildings, it’s about growing skills, relationships, sharing experiences and working together to adopt a joint problem solving approach.
“We have delivered great examples of police and fire collaboration in the past and I look forward to the continued building of this positive relationship.”
Roger Phillips, Chairman of the Fire Authority said: “The relocation of the Fire Service to Hindlip Park is now complete, after four years of planning and departmental transfers.
“We look forward to an even closer working relationship between the two blue-light services to further improve the safety of our communities across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.”
Amanda Blakeman, Deputy Chief Constable for West Mercia Police, said: “We warmly welcome our Fire and Rescue colleagues to their new home.
“As blue light services we have always worked closely together and this move serves to further enhance our positive relationship and the collaboration we share.”
HWRFS ICT, HR, performance and information, finance and communications, as well as the senior management board, administration and committee services have moved into shared buildings in Hindlip Hall and across the Hindlip Park site.
Photo caption: From left, PCC John Campion, West Mercia Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman, Chairman of the Fire Authority Roger Phillips and HWFRS Chief Fire Officer Nathan Travis.