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Joint command centre will see police and fire services share Netherton development

PLANS for a state-of-the-art 999 control centre for Merseyside’s police and fire services have been submitted for approval.

The £6.6m joint command centre will be based at the Merseyside fire service headquarters in Bridle Road, Netherton, where it will deal with the county’s emergency calls.

Documents lodged with Sefton Council last week reveal how the authority intends to build the control centre and a conference facility through a refurbishment of existing buildings and a new-build.

If approved, there would be a two-storey extension to the rear of the headquarters, a single- storey extension to the authority’s heritage centre and demolition of unwanted ancillary buildings.

Fire and police will share facilities with the potential to eventually share technology.

Cllr Dave Hanratty, Chair of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “The Centre is a Merseyside solution which will see real benefits for our mobilising and command and control functions.

“It also provides an opportunity for long-term partnership working and savings.”

A feasibility study for the centre was started in September, 2011, and both Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority and the then Police Authority met to consider the options in May last year.

The Authorities then agreed in principle to the development of the new joint command and control centre in Netherton, before giving the final go-ahead for the project in October last year.

The project, which is partly funded by a central government grant of £1.1m, was one of five options considered and was decided to be the most cost- effective following a decision made after 2011’s summer riots that the services should work more closely.

Cllr Hanratty added: “ It is an excellent opportunity for both ourselves and the Police, and one which also keeps Fire and Rescue Service jobs on Merseyside.”

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