Warwickshire fire control centre receives £1.8m funding

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The fire service in Warwickshire has been awarded £1.8m to help improve the way it responds to emergencies.

It is part of £74m of funding, announced by Local Government Minister Bob Neill, to help upgrade fire and rescue control rooms across England.

Chief fire officer, Graeme Smith, said they needed the investment as some of their equipment was 20 years old.

The money comes after the scrapping of the national Firecontrol project, which proposed regional control centres.

Nine regional centres were expected to replace the current network of 46 local control rooms.

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