South Yorkshire’s blue light services working together more

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings at home in Sheffield
South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings at home in Sheffield

Partnerships by South Yorkshire’s emergency services have been hailed a success in a national report on collaboration.

With police, fire and ambulance services all facing Government funding cuts the emergency services are working together more to save cash.

One project involves police officers and paramedics carrying out joint patrols around pubs and clubs on busy nights.

Another involves Maltby fire station closing and the nearby police station being converted to accommodate an engine and crew.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings said in his first week in post that he would be happy for police officers to share community buildings, including libraries, to cut costs.

And last month Chief Constable David Crompton revealed police vehicles had been used to transport non-urgent patients to hospital on Halloween when paramedics were struggling to cope with demand.

The schemes feature in a report by the Emergency Services Collaboration Working Group, made up of leaders of blue light services, looking at how they can work together.

David Lloyd, who represents the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners on the group, said: “This excellent report gives a thorough national picture of the collaboration projects that exist between the emergency services today.

“There are many innovative schemes included in the report which show how the blue light services can work successfully together in order to improve the services they provide to the public while ensuring value for the taxpayers’ pound.

“I am particularly pleased to see the myriad of different ways police forces up and down the country are working closely with their partner organisations to meet the challenging financial environment they find themselves in.

“By reporting on and sharing the details of these projects, we can learn how similar schemes can benefit similar organisations in different parts of the UK.”

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