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Firefighters and police officers sharing Barton-under-Needwood HQ

Emergency services in Barton-under-Needwood have moved under one roof.

Police officers have moved from their old premises at Efflinch Lane to the nearby Community Fire Station in Short Lane.

Station manager Andy Oakley and Sgt Tyrone Kerr

Station manager Andy Oakley and Sgt Tyrone Kerr

Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, said the opportunities for the police and fire service to work together more closely will be good for local people.

“There are many occasions where we work closely with the fire service to tackle the issues that matter to our communities and raise awareness,” he explained. “Bringing our services under one roof is a positive move as it will allow us to be able to talk face-to-face and deal with matters even more efficiently.

“The move will not impact on the community as officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) based at the post will continue to spend the majority of their time out in the local community.

“The post is a base for them to use during their shift and somewhere for them to return for refreshments. They will still be accessible and members of the public will still be able to knock on the door for them or use the police assistance button on the front of the fire station to contact them.”

The building in Efflinch Lane will continue to be used by Staffordshire Police but will not be accessible to the public for general inquiries.

Barton-under-Needwood Community Fire Station manager Andy Oakley said: “We are delighted to be able to provide a new base for our colleagues in Staffordshire Police and are looking forward to working even more closely with them in order to keep members of the community safe.

“It will make it much easier and more efficient to share vital information and intelligence which will help us to better protect our residents and to tailor our services in order to provide what they need.

“Our joint approach enables us to identify vulnerable individuals within the communities of Staffordshire who may be at risk and apply our preventative measures to make them safe.”

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