New joint fire and police station goes live in Rotherham

Rotherham’s District Commander has welcomed the county’s first joint fire and police station on home soil.

Chief Superintendent Rob Odell was among the dignitaries at today’s official opening of the joint station on Byford Road in Maltby.

The facility will allow police and firefighters to share knowledge, skills and expertise when it comes to tackling common issues such as anti-social behaviour, road traffic collisions and reaching out to vulnerable members of the community.

Chief Supt Odell said: “I’ve no doubt that this joint venture will help us to provide a more coordinated service to the public, particularly on issues dealt with by both services.

“This provides us with an excellent opportunity to better share information and to help meet the demands of modern policing, where working alongside our partners is vital in meeting the needs of our communities.”

Chief Fire Officer James Courtney added: “This new facility is the first of its kind in South Yorkshire and represents the best possible, physical example of our commitment to work more closely with our emergency service partners.

“By working alongside each other under one roof, we think the move will benefit both organisations by improving how we work together to solve problems we both face, which can only help to improve the quality of the service we offer to local people.”

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Pictured from left to right are: Police & Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings, Chief Fire Officer James Courtney and Chief Superintendent Rob Odell