Fire service announce control room merger

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service.
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service.

A MULTI-MILLION pound grant will be used to merge call-answering services at South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire fire control rooms.

Fire chiefs in South and West Yorkshire have welcomed news of the grant which will be used to install new IT technology - which they say will produce savings of over £400,000 a year.

The new system, which should be up and running by the summer of 2014, will allow both services to handle each other’s calls when necessary.

SYFR’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.”