Hereford & Worcester

Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority gets control room grant

Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority has been awarded £1.8m to build a new control room.

The government funding will be used to replace equipment used to manage 999 calls and deploy crews.

The authority said the current system was out of date and "in need of major investment".

The main control room for the two counties will also be moved from Copenhagen Street, in Worcester, its base for the last 50 years.

A new control room will be built at the fire services headquarters across the city at Charles Hastings Way.

The authority said the current equipment was more than 15 years old and technology had moved on since the mid 1990s.

Councillor Derek Prodger, chairman of the authority, said the redevelopment had been delayed due to the national Fire Control project.

The scheme, cancelled by the government in 2010, would have seen the introduction of nine regional centres, to replace the current network of 46 local control rooms.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service will be installing the same equipment used by its counterpart in Shropshire.

The two services said they would be able to provide support for each other during busy periods by sharing control room operations.

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