Building to start in summer to allow police team to move to Northampton fire station

Mereway fire station in Northampton
Mereway fire station in Northampton

Work has been scheduled to refurbish rooms at Mereway fire station so a police team can move in.

The community safety team for south west Northampton is to switch from nearby buildings in Wootton Hall Park in August as part of the move to integrate parts of Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Some modification and refurbishment to the existing buildings will be required to make best use of the space available

Northamptonshire Police spokeswoman

The force said they hoped the move would provide cash savings but also allow closer working relationships between the county’s police officers and firefighters. A similar move is planned at Rushden fire station.

A spokeswoman said: “As part of our ongoing work to achieve greater integration between blue-light services in Northamptonshire, we have been looking for further opportunities to co-locate police and fire resources.

“Having both services in the same place enables us to make better use of our combined estate, as well as more opportunities for joint working on local community safety and prevention initiatives.

“Some modification and refurbishment to the existing {Mereway and Rushden] buildings will be required to make best use of the space available and it is anticipated this work begin in the summer.”

The force pointed out that police officers in Thrapston have been based at the town’s fire station since August 2013 while senior officers from both services have been working from a single headquarters since March 2013.

Several areas of Northamptonshire’s police and fire service have already been merged.

The prevention and community protection department and the joint operations planning team have been joined since 2013 along with some shared training, vehicle repairs and servicing.

A joint ‘rural intervention vehicle’ staffed by both a fire and police officer has also been trialled.