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Fires: Safety

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consideration has been given to the (a) regionalisation and (b) rationalisation of fire control rooms in Wales. (224484)

The Welsh Assembly Government was given an opportunity in 2004 to join FiReControl, the project to rationalise the 46 control rooms in England to nine regional control centres. The proposal was to reduce Wales' three control rooms to one regional control centre.

Welsh Assembly Government Ministers took a decision not to opt into the FiReControl project as a rationalisation of the eight Fire Authorities and their control rooms in Wales had already taken place in 1996.