In September 2015, the Government announced a consultation into the future integration of the emergency services.
Northamptonshire has been leading the way in integrating the police force and the fire and rescue service, and has made significant progress in its journey to bring the two organisations into a single governance structure, thanks in part to an investment of £8.5 million worth of transformation funding from the Home Office and Department for Communities and Local Government.
Steps taken by Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service in order to increase efficiency and collaboration include:
- Northants Fire and Rescue Service’s senior management now work out of Northamptonshire Police Headquarters at Wootton Hall Park, to promote closer working arrangements between the two organisations
- The county’s first co-located police and fire station has been established in Thrapston
- A Joint Operations Team and Prevention and Community Protection department – both of which are headed by senior fire and rescue service managers – are now operational
- Collaborative pilot schemes have also been introduced, which have seen the two organisations co-responding to incidents together through two new Rural Intervention Vehicles (RIVs) and the Multi-Agency Incident Assessment Team (MIAT), which also includes the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS)
These arrangements have helped to make both Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service more efficient and effective in their work, enabling them to deliver a greater service to the public.