Open consultation: Enabling closer working between the emergency services

Consultation on proposals to increase joint working between emergency services, in order to improve effectiveness and deliver savings for the public.

Download the Consultation Document here.

The government believes that greater joint working can strengthen the emergency services and deliver significant savings and benefit for the public.

It has already invested over £70 million to help drive blue light collaboration projects. Although there are many good examples locally of joint working between the emergency services, the overall picture remains patchy and much more can be done to improve taxpayer value for money and the service to communities. For example, the majority of fire and police boundaries are already co-terminus. Whilst this could have led to joint estates, over half of police stations in England are separate but within 1km of a fire station.

How to respond:

The closing date for response to this consultation is 20 October 2015.

You can respond online.

You can also email your views to us at:

Or you can write to us at:

Emergency Services Collaboration Consultation
Police Strategy & Reform Unit
6th Floor Fry Building
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF

Download the Consultation Document here.

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