North Yorkshire Fire Authority has voted in favour of sharing 999 calls with the Cornish Brigade at busy times. The Authority says it chose Cornwall to handle over flow calls because the areas are unlikey to suffer major incidents at the same time.
North Yorkshire Fire Authority says plans for the Cornish Brigade to answer overflow 999 calls during busy times will improve efficiency and save costs.The current control room mobilising system is being upgraded and should go live next month.
The Authority says one of the reasons for choosing to work with the Cornish Brigade is because they are unlikely to deal with major incidents, like flooding, at the same time.
Plans to share emergency calls with a control room in Cornwall are being discussed by North Yorkshire Fire Authority. A meeting is being held this morning to consider a proposal for overflow 999 calls to be transferred to Cornwall during busy times.
The Fire Authority says it would make the service more efficient and ensure calls are answered as quickly as possible. The Fire Brigade Union is concerned the plans could lead to job losses and a loss of local knowledge.