General, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service

Fire service receives £2 million Government funding

Surrey firefighters training to cut people free from cars. Download this photo here.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service will receive £2 million from the Government to improve and expand its emergency control room operation.

The funding is an “endorsement of Surrey’s strategy” from central government, according to Surrey’s Chief Fire Officer Russell Pearson.

He said: “Following the demise of the national regional control centre programme, some fire and rescue services find themselves with outdated emergency control rooms.

“But in Surrey we’ve been continuously improving and updating our mobilising control centre and this funding is an endorsement of Surrey’s strategy. We now receive all emergency fire and rescue calls from the Isle of Wight and this £2 million will help us further improve and expand our operation in the future.”

Kay Hammond, Surrey County Council's Cabinet Member for Community Safety. Download this photo here.

The Government investment forms part of a £74 million national funding announcement by Fire Minister Bob Neill, for locally led projects to improve fire and rescue control operations across England.

In Surrey, the county council also performs the role of fire authority. Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety Kay Hammond welcomed the announcement.

She said: “The Government has wisely distributed funding to fire services up and down the country, instead of imposing a centralised system like the now defunct regional control centre project.

“Local fire services and authorities are best placed to make decisions on how to manage and improve emergency control operations in their areas.

“The money will be used to further enhance Surrey’s state-of-the-art mobilising control centre in Reigate, which handles all fire-related 999 calls for both Surrey and the Isle of Wight.”

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service submitted a bid to Government for funding in November last year.

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Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley at james.oxley@surreycc.gov.uk

Follow the link below for the Department for Communities and Local Government’s media release on the fire and rescue service funding.

For more information on Surrey’s agreement with the Isle of Wight click here.

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