Joint 999 con­trol cen­tre to go ahead

West Sussex Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

A joint 999 con­trol cen­tre and mo­bil­i­sa­tion sys­tem for fire ser­vices in West Sus­sex and Sur­rey has been given the go-ahead. The de­ci­sion was made by Deb­bie Ken­nard, West Sus­sex County Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for safer, stronger com­mu­ni­ties on Fri­day (Fe­bru­ary 1).

West Sus­sex’s cur­rent cen­tre is run at Hay­wards Heath in part­ner­ship with East Sus­sex Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, but this ar­range­ment will end in Fe­bru­ary 2020 af­ter the county coun­cil ter­mi­nated the con­tract. Sur­rey fire ser­vice’s head­quar­ters is based in Reigate.

Mrs Ken­nard said: “We have taken a thor­ough and in-depth look at the op­tions avail­able and the one we are propos­ing is tried and tested, while of­fer­ing good value for money.”

Com­mand and mo­bil­is­ing sys­tem­sareused­todis­patch­fire and res­cue ser­vice re­sources to emer­gency in­ci­dents.

The de­ci­sion fol­lows a full as­sess­ment of the op­tions avail­able for al­ter­na­tive mo­bil­is­ing sys­tems with other fire and res­cue ser­vices.

Ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil the Sur­rey Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice sys­tem has a proven track record for re­li­a­bil­ity, has the ca­pac­ity to han­dle ad­di­tional call vol­ume and demon­strates good value for money.

The aim is to mi­grate to the new sys­tem by mid-Fe­bru­ary 2020.

The de­ci­sion is sub­ject to a seven day call-in pe­riod.

At a meet­ing last week West Sus­sex’s chief fire of­fi­cer Gavin Watts told mem­bers it would be busi­ness as usual for the fire ser­vice while the changes were made.

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