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Bedfordshire Police and Fire Service launch shared facilities

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) continues to demonstrate its commitment to working collaboratively with Blue Light partners, by launching a new joint working space with Police.

The venture will see police officers sharing the facilities at Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s community fire station, and was officially launched on Friday (10 January) by Chief Constable Garry Forsyth and (Temporary) Assistant Chief Fire Officer Andy Peckham.

The launch was attended by Cllr John Chatterley, Cllr Silvia Collins from Central Bedfordshire Council and Harvey Silver, chairman of the Toddington Parish Council, and officers from both services, who will now be operating shoulder to shoulder.

Bedfordshire Police’s Chief Constable Garry Forsyth, said: “I am delighted to be here today, seeing the county’s emergency services’ continued partnership to find ways we can share facilities, and work more closely to tackle local needs. 

“Sharing office space at Toddington Community Fire Station will enable my officers to be on the beat within the heart of the community, dealing with issues that matter to local people, rather than having to always return to a central base.”

(Temporary) Assistant Chief Fire Officer Andy Peckham said: “I was delighted to attend the launch event at Toddington Station on Friday and I’d like to recognise and thank local councillors for their support of our continued collaboration.”

Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller said: “This joint launch is another example of our ongoing partnership with our blue light colleagues, which will enable us to share resources and facilities and maximise efficiency, improve public service and reduce costs.”

Bedfordshire Police also share facilities and office space with Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service at fire stations in Leighton Buzzard, Ampthill, Bedford and Shefford.

Local people should continue to contact police by calling 101, or in an emergency, 999. Alternatively, you can report using the force’s online reporting centre or webchat service.