Commissoner calls for joint 999 officers

Adam Simmonds
Adam Simmonds

Accidents should in future be attended by ‘emergency service officers’, each with some of the skills of police officers, firefighters and paramedics, the police commissioner for Northamptonshire has said.

In a speech to senior fire and rescue managers in Oxford, Adam Simmonds outlined his plans for closer integration between police and fire services in Northamptonshire.

He said: “Am I talking about a police car turning up to a fire with a ladder on the roof and buckets of water in the boot? No. But I am talking about an emergency response team turning up to an incident and deploying the skills they own to the situation they’ve been sent to without thinking which agency is needed because there’s only one agency now.”

Mr Simmonds said road accidents were a prime example of where multi-skilled emergency service officers would be useful.