Shared space will save fire bri­gade £49,000

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

A NEW shared of­fice space will help the fire bri­gade save £49,000 a year.

Last week, the Wit­ness Care Unit from TVP and Vic­tims First came to­gether in new of­fice space in New­sham Court at Cal­cot, Read­ing.

Thames Val­ley Po­lice and Royal Berk­shire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice said that by work­ing to­gether there are ben­e­fits to the lo­cal tax payer.

Matthew Bar­ber, Deputy Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner, said: “Work­ing to­gether and shar­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion with other emer­gency ser­vices both in­creases op­por­tu­ni­ties for more part­ner­ship work and pro­vides sav­ings for the pub­lic.

“As part of the re­design of the OPCC (Of­fice of Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner) funded ser­vices for vic­tims we were able to save nearly £300,000 which al­lowed us to rein­vest more re­source in di­rectly sup­port­ing vic­tims in need.

“The of­fer of ac­com­mo­da­tion within RBFRS head­quar­ters con­trib­uted to achiev­ing some of these sav­ings and work­ing along­side the TVP Wit­ness Care Unit helps us de­liver bet­ter and more in­te­grated ser­vices to vic­tims who are go­ing through the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem.

“We will con­tinue to ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties to col­lab­o­rate and where pos­si­ble share ac­com­mo­da­tion with other emer­gency ser­vices to en­sure that we pro­vide the best pos­si­ble ser­vice and value for money to the com­mu­ni­ties of Thames Val­ley.”

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