Fire and ambulance services could share base in Worksop

The plans were discussed at a meeting of Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service.
The plans were discussed at a meeting of Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service.

Emergency services crews in Worksop could soon be operating from a shared premises under new plans.

Under the scheme, which is still at an early stage, fire crews and paramedics would operate from the same base.

The project is being rolled out across the country, and is already in operation in other parts of Nottinghamshire including Hucknall, where a new design has been approved.

It is designed to save money for both parties, and supporters of the scheme say it helps the services work closer together.

It has not yet been agreed whether the fire crew would move onto the ambulance station site, on Gateford Road, or whether ambulance crews would move onto the fire station site, on Eastgate.

It is likely that a new building would be built to house the two emergency services.

The other site could then be sold, with the two parties sharing any profit.

Plans for the Worksop and Hucknall collaborations were discussed at a meeting of the fire authority on Friday (April 27).

Ian Pritchard, head of procurement and resources at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “As part of the service’s estates strategy we always consider collaboration with partner agencies when looking at re-developing our stations or, indeed, building new ones.

“We’ve already seen a number of projects, as part of this strategy, come to fruition with our police colleagues and we’re also working closely with our East Midlands Ambulance Service colleagues to look at the opportunities for potentially sharing sites in Hucknall and Worksop – bringing our organisations closer together, making us more efficient and ultimately helping us provide our communities with the best service possible.

“We expect to see the plans for these sites progressed in the coming months.”

Peter Mason, East Midlands Ambulance Service’s head of blue light collaboration, said: “As part of the national blue light collaboration programme, emergency services are looking at ways of working together, including shared facilities.

“As part of these proposals East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) is exploring with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service regarding joint emergency service stations.

“EMAS is a mobile healthcare provider treating patients in their homes, at the scene of an incident and en route to hospital if further treatment is required.

“The majority of our time therefore is spent away from our current ambulance station.”