Emergency services in Lincs could merge

Market Rasen's combined fire and police station EMN-151008-151401001
Market Rasen's combined fire and police station EMN-151008-151401001

Emergency services in Lincolnshire could be considering sharing buildings and resources in a bid to cut spending.

Talks were initiated at the end of last month that could see Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, Lincolnshire Police and the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) merge to develop a single emergency services control hub.

Though only in the initial stages, the discussions could lead to the development of a tri-service hub at South Park, Lincoln.

The proposals include the potential for shared back office services as well as a shared control room.

This could see Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue joining the current site at Nettleham’s police headquarters.

Market Rasen’s Police and Fire services have shared the same site for around 10 years.

The previous fire station facility had to be moved when the Tesco store was built.

The services combined when the new ‘bigger and better’ police and fire station was built behind Tesco.

Emergency services in Lincolnshire already work very closely together.

Fire engines have defribilators on board while some of Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue work as responders and assist EMAS.

Unions have expressed doubts about the proposals, saying it could lead to safety issues and job losses.

However, it is understood representatives from the emergency services are keen to push through the changes, along with Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick has spoken out in