PCC Hardyal Dhindsa and Crew Manager Kieron Eaton
The positive approach to partnership working was emphasised on Bonfire Night, when Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa joined Chair of the Fire & Rescue Authority Cllr Steve Marshall-Clarke to observe 999 emergency calls for assistance.
The pair joined Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service’s fire control room for the traditionally busy period of 6.30pm until 8.00pm,
The visit reflects the close working relationship between the two services, who are often the first port of call for people experiencing crises in nearly any situation.
Thankfully there were no major incidents during the evening, thanks primarily to prevention activity and education, carried out by Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service over many years.
Figures show that from Bonfire Night 2006 and Bonfire Night 2015 there has been a 71% reduction in calls for service.
“It was interesting to see the control room for another Service in action, and I was able to discuss how the work of the Fire and Rescue Service dovetails with the police at different types of incidents,” the Commissioner said. “I was grateful for this invitation and pleased that Cllr Marshall-Clarke was able to join me.
“Now that the two Services share the same headquarters in Butterley, the opportunities for closer and more efficient working are expected to grow,” he commented. “Sharing the same building is part of a cost-effective joint venture that will benefit the communities of Derbyshire even though each Service retains its independence.”
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Posted on Wednesday 9th November 2016