Emergency services 'should share control rooms'

Police, fire and ambulance services in England should share control rooms to improve their response to 999 calls, a Home Office minister has said.

Mike Penning said it did not "make sense" to have different premises.(See Home Office press here).It is part of plans, due out later, to get the services working more closely. There are also proposals for police and crime commissioners (PCCs) to oversee fire brigades, which could include choosing an officer in charge of hiring and firing fire and police staff.This top officer post would be open to senior officers from both the police and fire service. They would hold the rank of chief constable - and to allow this the government would remove the current rule that holders of the rank must have served as a constable. PCCs would get responsibility for fire services "where a local case is made", the Home Office said.'Costly ...

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