Grant will help integrate fire and police

The Home Office has given Northamptonshire £620,000 to help pay for plans to ‘fully integrate’ the county’s police and fire service.

The money will go towards the first year of a four-year project, to be led by Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmons and Northamptonshire County Council, which will eventually see emergency services sharing properties, services, training and fleet maintenance.

According to the Home Office, the grant will help with “ambitious proposals to create the first fully integrated emergency service in the country”.

Police and fire services in Northamptonshire already operate shared fire and police stations, while the county’s chief fire officer and his senior management team are both based at Wootton Hall.

The new money comes from the Home Office’s £20 million Precursor Police Innovation Fund.

“It will be coupled with the £500,000 the fire service has already received from the Government.

Policing Minister Damian Green said: “Like every organisation, the emergency services need to adapt and innovate.

“The funding for this project will transform the way blue light services work in Northamptonshire and improve the way they respond to incidents.

“There are already good examples of collaboration and this fund will help them to become the norm.”