Merseyside Police Commissioner has started work with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority after joining the board as a full voting member.
Jane Kennedy attended her first Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority (MFRA) meeting after members of the Authority unanimously approved the move, which aims to further cement ties between the two blue light services.
The Commissioner has already been working closely with the Authority to boost existing collaboration initiatives between Merseyside Police and MFRA, with the goal of looking for opportunities to share resources and see where savings can be made, while maintaining the unique identities of the two services.
A Joint Police and Fire and Rescue Committee has already been established to consider on-going and potential future collaboration. The committee, on which the Police Commissioner and her Deputy, Cllr Emily Spurrell, both sit as co-opted members, brings both organisations together to look at how they can work in even closer partnership to further increase efficiency and effectiveness. As part of this, a small project team reviews current and potential future collaboration.
Jane said: “The police and the fire service are different organisations, with different needs, but, by joining the Authority, I will be in a position to help identity priority areas where closer working could lead to an enhanced service for the public or a better use of the limited resources both organisations receive.
“Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Services already work effectively together. We now share a number of buildings across the region, with the Joint Command and Control Centre in Bridle Road exemplifying how efficiencies and savings can be made when the two organisations collaborate.
“I am pleased to be working constructively with the Chair of the Authority, Cllr Dave Hanratty, Authority members, and Chief Fire Officer Dan Stephens and his officers for the greater good for people across the region.”
The Commissioner’s inaugural appearance at the Authority meeting comes ahead of the first anniversary of the introduction of the Policing and Crime Act 2017, which placed a duty on police, fire and rescue and emergency ambulance services to collaborate.
Chair of Merseyside Fire & Rescue Authority, Cllr Dave Hanratty said: “We welcome the Commissioner to the Authority and look forward to working together with all emergency services for the benefit of all members of our community.
“Effective collaboration is one of the cornerstones of our work and the addition of Jane’s voice to the Authority can only serve to further and enhance our joint efforts to protect people across Merseyside.”
Image: From the opening of the Joint Command and Control Centre in 2014