Government funding of £3.78m has been awarded to emergency services in Durham to build a unique station, which is set to be the first of its kind in the country.
County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service is to be given £3.87m from the Fire Transformation Fund in order to build a joint emergency services station in Durham, housing fire, police and ambulance services as well as the mountain rescue team.
This ‘quad service’ station, as it has been dubbed, would be the first to be built in the country.
The proposal is to build a new station on the site of the existing Barnard Castle fire station, which would run from another suitable site, yet to be identified, while building work is carried out.
Paul Liversidge, North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) chief operating officer, said: “NEAS has a strong working relationship with all the other emergency services in the North East, and sharing a base with fellow professionals who work to protect and help the public, will – I’m sure – be a fruitful arrangement.
“While we have very different specialities we are all in the business of helping others, so being alongside our colleagues from fire and rescue and the police in the quad-station makes sense of many levels.”
More information about the project will be available in the coming weeks. In the coming months emergency services will be consulting with the public and outlining how this investment would ensure a comprehensive and coordinated emergency response in the area.