West Midlands and Staffordshire fire services share fire control

West Midlands and Staffordshire fire and rescue services now share a control centre Credit: PA

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.