Following an initial scoping exercise, in September 2011 both Warwickshire and NCC Cabinets agreed to investigate the benefits of a Strategic Alliance to be formed between Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service (WFRS) and NFRS.
The priority area for activity was the development and improvement of Command and Control Provision, which encompasses the staff, equipment and systems that receive 999 calls and mobilise the front-line resources. The two FRS’ were successful in making a significant joint funding bid to central government, which has led to a joint programme of projects to update systems and share procurement of services that will improve capability and resilience of these facilities.
In partnership we now aim to link our mobilising communications systems and control rooms in order to improve resilience, call handing and management of intensively busy periods (spate conditions) in an integrated way, with each service capable of mobilising and supporting each other’s appliances in response to incidents.
We will jointly invest in a new communications system to improve the resilience of our 999 call taking and communications with fire appliances and invest in new applications, Mobile Data Terminals and software to improve mobilising information and on scene incident information for both appliances and officers.