Bucks fire service could merge with two other services

Bucks fire service could merge with two other services

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Amanda Hall

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Bucks fire service could merge with two other services

Emergency calls to the fire service in Buckinghamshire could be received at a centralised control room under new plans to merge the service with two others in the Thames Valley.

Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has put forward a recommendation to join Berkshire and Oxfordshire fire services at a meeting yesterday.

The plans are now subject to further approval by Royal Berkshire Fire Authority and Oxfordshire County Council cabinet members. 

Olaf Baars, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at RBFRS, said: "The potential for further collaborations with other organisations has always been a key part of the planning for our joint Control function and I am delighted that Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service has chosen to join the Thames Valley Fire Control Service. 

"I am confident that this prospective new development will lead to an even better, more cost-effective service for the people of Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire."

The new centralised control room will be based in Calcot, near Reading which is expected to go live in April 2014.

An unstaffed secondary control room will be located in Kidlington, Oxfordshire.

Berkshire and Oxfordshire's fire and rescue services have been working together after their governing bodies agreed to join the TVFCS in September 2011.

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