From August 2017, ambulance and fire crews will be based in a shared ambulance and fire station in Louth, Lincolnshire.
As part of a countywide plan for the emergency services to collaborate more closely, improve services to the public and provide value for money, the Louth station will be the first in Lincolnshire to be run in this way.
Richard Hunter, Locality Manager for East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), said, “This is an exciting venture for the emergency services in Lincolnshire. By teaming up and slightly modifying the station on Eastfield Road, our staff can access and share better facilities, develop closer working relationships with our police and fire service colleagues and therefore better services for local people.”
Chief Fire Officer Nick Borrill, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service, said, “At a time when public service budgets remain under pressure, innovative collaborative new ways of working are needed to ensure we maintain excellent emergency service delivery to residents, businesses and visitors in Lincolnshire.
“By sharing our building with our ambulance colleagues, we can not only save money, but also work more closely together, building a better understanding between our services. For example, at the station, we have a simulated search and rescue training facility and a practice road traffic collision area – great for firefighters and ambulance crews to train together and try new ways of working.”