Merseyside fire, police and ambulance control room may be merged

Control room
Image caption The plans would combine fire, police and ambulance services in one control room

A combined police, fire and ambulance control room for Merseyside could be created under proposals put forward by Merseyside Police.

It follows the setting up of a joint fire and police centre during the August riots.

The combined Merseyside Command Control Room could also include the North West Ambulance Service.

Merseyside Fire Authority has rejected plans to create a North West fire control centre in Warrington.

The regional fire control centre would have covered services in Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside.

The fire authority has instead decided to look at plans for a Merseyside centre with the police and ambulance services.

A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: "The force has had initial contact with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and raised the idea of a combined Command Control Room.

"During the recent disorder the emergency teams on Merseyside worked together in a combined command control room to tackle the many issues we faced and this proved effective in minimising disruption and restoring normality to our streets as soon as possible.

"This idea is very much in its infancy and discussions involving the force, Mersey Fire and Rescue Service, Merseyside Police Authority and the Merseyside Fire Authority, will need to take place to establish if it is a viable proposal."

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