A fire control room for town?

TALKS looking at saving money on fire and rescue services could see a control room opened up in the Daventry area.

Northamptonshire and Warwickshire fire services have formed a ‘strategic alliance’ and are looking at ways to share resources to save the two county councils cash.

One of the options being looked at could see the two current control rooms in Leamington and Northampton – staffed by 38 employees around the clock – both close and replaced by a joint office half way between the two.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said: “The two authorities are looking at various options to work together on and control rooms are being considered.”

A spokesman for Warwickshire Fire Brigade Union said Daventry looked the most likely place for a joint control room to be located.

Jim Onions, assistant chief fire officer for Warwickshire, said it was too early to speculate how many, if any, jobs could be lost due to the proposed changes.

He added: “We will be working with control room staff to ensure a solution which best meets the needs of the local community and our staff.”

If the joint centre did not go ahead, a second option could be to digitally link the two existing control rooms.

A decision on the control rooms and other measures for the partnership is due to be made next year.