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Fire Services

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 10 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost of leasing and maintaining each regional fire control centre (a) has been since becoming operational and (b) was in the latest month for which figures are available. (241298)

The running costs for the eight regional control centres (RCCs) which have completed their commissioning process—‘practical completion’—are shown for October, broken down by region, in the following table:

Region

Running costs (£)

NE

143,994

EM

145,889

SW

140,839

WM

113,463

SE

46,142

NW

36,920

Y and H

48,558

EoE

84,617

These eight buildings are in the process of being fitted out, including installing the IT hardware, AV screens and furniture. Note, the range reflects the relative stages of completion. Therefore, no regional control centre is yet operational.

In the interim the buildings are used for a range of purposes including Fire and Rescue Service meetings and workshops to progress FiReControl work. In many cases the regional project team works out of the RCC.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the replacement system for the fire service emergency cover risk management system to be (a) installed and (b) fully operational. (241301)

Under Fire Control, the risk management toolkit will replace the fire service emergency cover toolkit and will be rolled out prior to the point at which there is an FRS cut-over.