West Midlands and Staffordshire fire and rescue services say their shared fire control operation went live yesterday morning.
The two organisations have merged their fire control rooms into one shared service which operates from Vauxhall Road in Birmingham. From there control staff are handling emergency calls and managing the resources sent to deal with incidents for both areas.
The services say the move will not affect the public, who should continue to ring 999 should an emergency occur.
Pinetrees Cattery in Cannock have confirmed that despite initial reports, no cats escaped when a fire hit last week.
20 cats belonging to customers and 3 belonging to the owners of the Cattery died in the blaze. Two cats survived and are still being treated by their vet.
We would like to offer our deepest sympathy to owners of the 20 cats who lost their lives in this fire. As has been reported we have also lost 3 of our own in the fire with a fourth hanging on at the vets.
The pain and grief resulting from this tragic accident is unimaginable for all effected.
We would like to thank all of the people that have posted words of support and also to those that have offered help, and been up to visit us.
Most owners have now been contacted apart from a couple who are out of communication.
All cats have now been identified and accounted for.