Buckinghamshire decide not to join combined fire control

Plans for Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service to join the Combined Fire

Control in Cambridgeshire have stopped.

Earlier today (31) at a meeting of Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire

Authority, councillors decided to end plans to join the Combined Fire Control - which currently serves both Cambridgeshire and Suffolk fire and rescue services - and instead to join the Thames Valley collaboration with Royal Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

The decision was taken due to a lack of agreement over governance arrangements and cost-sharing.

Graham Stagg, Chief Fire Officer for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Of course we are very dissapointed that Buckinghamshire have pulled out of the partnership. However, we wish Buckinghamshire Fire and

Rescue Service all the best in its new venture.

“This has certainly not halted our Combined Fire Control, which is extremely successful and still delivers an effective and resilient service to the people of

Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, over a year after it was launched.”

Fred Brown, Chairman of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority said: “While Buckinghamshire joining the partnership would have increased our resilience even further, we should still be proud that Cambridgeshire and

Suffolk were the first fire and rescue services in the country to achieve a

Combined Fire Control. Having already proved the success of our control, I am dissapointed that Buckinghamshire couldn’t see the advantage of joining an established joint venture.”