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Oxfordshire emergency services in 'early talks' to share resources

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption The plans could see all three services run from a new community safety centre in Carterton

Emergency services in Oxfordshire are in talks about sharing resources.

Fire, police and ambulance services in the county say they are "in early talks" over the possibility of combining skills and departments in future.

The plans could see all three services run from a new community safety centre in Carterton.

Chief fire officer David Etheridge said the plans would mean one person could "wear three hats".

Under the new scheme, PCSOs would take on the role of retained firefighters as well as first responders.

It is thought the move could help improve cover and emergency responses in the area.

'Multi-agency'

Simon Furlong, assistant chief fire officer at Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "The project will increase the resilience in the number of staff we've got in the area.

"At the moment there isn't a fire station or a community safety centre in Carterton so our aim is to build a new centre which will be a multi-agency - fire, police and ambulance - location.

"It will mean that rather than three people turning up at someone's home - we have one person who can look at it all in a more cohesive way."

Thames Valley Police confirmed it is in the early stages of working with Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service in relation to PCSOs delivering community fire safety work.

Hayle Community Station in Cornwall was the first centre in the UK to co-locate fire, police and ambulance services.

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