Government praise for fire service
DEVELOPMENT of fire fighting services around Gloucestershire has won praise in a new Government report highlighting the county's latest resources.
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service launched its new cutting edge fire control room earlier this year, following a £1.8million injection of cash from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
The DCLG has highlighted the county project in its September 2013 update of the Future Control Room Services Scheme – which includes a summary of the national picture in fire and rescue authority improvement plans.
Cash has also been spent on replacing the mobilising system at every fire station in the county and on improving security.
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Chief fire officer Jon Hall said: "Gloucestershire was one of only four fire and rescue services to be supported with delivering an integrated control and command system on a single county basis. This was because of the superb outcomes delivered through arrangements with the police and ambulance services."
A new mobilising system reduces the time taken to handle calls.