Suffolk County Councillor Matthew Hicks and Tim Passmore, Police and Crime Commissioner, formally opened the £540K redeveloped shared base on Monday 14th August.
Saxmundham fire station has been adapted specifically to accommodate Fire and Police teams in the town and improve the facilities provided. The facility includes Police office accommodation, joint training facilities, a community room, and improved welfare provision. In addition to the facilities for our staff and the community the station has been equipped to act as a multi-agency command centre for any large-scale incidents in the area, such as coastal flooding. The two emergency services have been working together and now share response and Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) bases in eight locations across Suffolk including Clare which is a drop-in base for passing patrols. Sharing property reduces costs and saves money for the taxpayer.
The base was designed by Concertus and built by Barnes Construction and financial support for the project was secured from the Home Office as part of central government’s drive for closer emergency services collaboration.
Tim Passmore, Suffolk's Police and Crime Commissioner said: "Working together with other blue-light services is absolutely key to meeting the financial challenges that we face. The existing shared stations across the county are working really well and we are seeing the benefits of reduced operating costs and improved joint working between our two key emergency services. I am committed to building on this shared working over the coming years."
Pictured l-r Gareth Wilson, Chief Constable; Cllr Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council's cabinet member for public protection; Tim Passmore, PCC; Mark Hardingham, Chief Fire Officer with the Constabulary and Fire Service standard holders.