THE fire service has re-located to shared headquarters with the police at Hindlip.

West Mercia's police and crime commissioner John Campion, has welcomed the latest staff to move to the police headquarters from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS).

He said: “The two organisations already work hand in hand, with a shared ultimate aim of keeping people safe.

"Whilst I welcome the efficiencies this will bring, the changes are about more than just buildings, it’s about growing skills, relationships, sharing experiences and working together to adopt a joint problem solving approach.

We have delivered great examples of police and fire collaboration in the past and I look forward to the continued building of this positive relationship.”

Roger Phillips, chairman of the Fire Authority said: “The re-location of the Fire Service to Hindlip Park is now complete, after four years of planning and departmental transfers.

"We look forward to an even closer working relationship between the two blue-light services to further improve the safety of our communities across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.” 

Amanda Blakeman, deputy chief constable for West Mercia Police said: “We warmly welcome our Fire and Rescue colleagues to their new home.

"As blue light services we have always worked closely together and this move serves to further enhance our positive relationship and the collaboration we share.”

The fire service departments that have move to Hindlip are ICT, HR, performance and information, finance and communications, as well as the senior management board, administration and committee services.