Police and firefighters to share station in Shirebrook

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Our officers are now all set and ready to share facilities with firefighters in Shirebrook, as building work to allow them to co-locate is completed at Shirebrook fire and police station.

Shirebrook fire and police station, on Portland Road, is the latest co-location site between Derbyshire Constabulary and Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service.

Work to adapt Shirebrook fire station, to accommodate our police teams began in July 2019, as part of the ongoing blue light collaboration to deliver efficiencies and better outcomes for the communities of Derbyshire.

Officers from the Shirebrook Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team will be among the first to join, as they gradually move from the current police station over the next few weeks.

There will still be staff and officers working at Shirebrook Police Station, on Central Drive, for the time being, especially as more space is currently needed to allow for social distancing measures.

We share a further six sites across Derbyshire with the fire service, including our joint training centre and headquarters at Ripley. A further fire and police co-location site at Long Eaton is scheduled to be completed in September 2020 following a temporary suspension in work due to Covid-19.

Inspector Rob Bowns, who is in charge of policing in the area, said: “This is yet another fantastic opportunity for a collaborative approach and closer partnership working with the fire service, which mirrors our approach in other parts of the county, as well as our headquarters in Ripley.

“Sharing the space at Shirebrook fire and police station will enable my officers to continue to be on the beat within the heart of the community, dealing with issues that matter to local people.”

Speaking from Shirebrook fire and police station, Area Manager Rob Taylor said: “The addition of Shirebrook station as a co-location fire and police station is a further example of the ongoing collaboration between both organisations as we work to make Derbyshire safer together.

“Co-location not only delivers efficiency savings, but it also allows us to build on each other’s strengths by sharing and exchanging information in many areas including arson reduction and road safety, all leading to improved public safety.

“The completion of this project is testament to the joint police and fire property team who have worked with contractors to bring the project to completion.”

He added: “Credit also goes to the firefighters and police officers who will be welcoming their new emergency service colleagues under different circumstances as they adapt to and work in line with government social distance guidance.”

It is hoped we will be able to host an official opening together later in the year when restrictions relating to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic allow.

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service also shares the following stations and sites with Derbyshire Constabulary:
  • Joint Police and Fire Headquarters        
  • Joint Police and Fire Training Centre
  • Ashbourne Fire and Police Station
  • Bakewell Fire and Police Station
  • Chapel (welfare point)
  • New Mills (welfare point)
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