Suffolk Constabulary’s collaboration with Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service helps meet some of the financial challenges that both services face. The shared stations have achieved reduced operating costs and improved joint working between these two key emergency services.

The two blue-light services already share nine joint facilities in Suffolk, with stations operating in Newmarket, Saxmundham, Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Ixworth, Elmswell, Debenham, Framlingham and Clare. There are plans for further joint stations in Beccles, Leiston and Stowmarket along with some further sharing opportunities of functions in Ipswich.

Following an independent review, Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore decided not to pursue plans to take control of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS). The review concluded that there is insufficient evidence to suggest a governance change at this point in time would be clearly in the interests of economy, efficiency, and effectiveness; or public safety.

The report identified several recommendations which the PCC will work with the Constabulary and SFRS to deliver and will continue to work closely with Suffolk County Council and SFRS to identify further collaboration opportunities. View the report here (PDF, 7MB).