Plans for fire crews to move into police station in Rotherham

Maltby Police Station, Byford Road, Maltby.
Maltby Police Station, Byford Road, Maltby.
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Plans have been unveiled which would see the closure of an existing Rotherham fire station and fire crews moving in with the police.

The aim of the proposals is to save cash for both emergency services who have come under increased pressure to slash their budgets.

The proposal, which would see the existing Maltby fire station close, won Government Fire Transformation funding of £560,000 last year.

The money will be spent on modifying Maltby police station to accommodate fire service staff and vehicles.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s finance and resources director, Beverley Sandy, said: “This move makes perfect sense for us, the police and the taxpayer.

“Instead of having two public buildings, and all the running costs associated with them, we will be able to combine our resources into one facility to provide a more efficient frontline service.

“By working alongside each other under one roof, the move will also benefit both organisations by improving how we work together to solve problems we both face, which can only help improve the quality of the service we offer.”

A fire service spokesman said the move would shift fire service resources around a mile closer to the east side of Rotherham, which traditionally accounts for a greater volume of emergency incidents compared to lower risk areas to the east of Maltby.

If the plans are approved by Rotherham Council, it is hoped work to converting the existing Maltby police station on Byford Road will begin early next year.

Firefighters from Maltby would move in next summer.