Move to new fire control ‘will save £800k’

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A controversial plan to move fire control operations across Lancashire from Preston to a regional centre in Warrington has had “teething problems” but will save the county £800,000, according to a report.

The move of call handling from the existing control room to a joint fire control at Warrington took place at the end of May.

The North West Fire Control Centre now handles calls for Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire and Manchester Fire and Rescue Services.

A report due to be considered by Lancashire County Council’s full council meeting on Thursday states: “As with any project of this scale and magnitude there were always teething problems which had now been largely overcome.”

It adds the centre, which uses the latest technology “would provide a saving to Lancashire of £800k.”