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SOUTH Yorkshire fire chiefs have been awarded a share of £3.6m government money to upgrade their control room - to allow staff to take calls from neighbouring West Yorkshire.

The cash will go on a new mobilising system to enable both South and West Yorkshire fire services to handle each other’s calls during busy periods. It is thought the new technology, which should be operational by summer 2014, will save £200,000 by doing away with the need for back-up control rooms during emergencies.

South Yorkshire’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer Mark Shaw said: “At a time of significant financial pressure, this money will enable both services to fully integrate their mobilising systems to manage their own control rooms independently while enjoying lower costs and far greater resilience and security.

“By 2014, control room staff in South Yorkshire will be using the most efficient and sophisticated mobilisation technology available.”

A CHARITY boxing show is being held tonight to raise money for an appeal run by the family of a little boy battling a brain tumour.

Sheffield Boxing Centre is putting on the show plus a raflle at Bramall Lane from 8pm. Tickets cost £5 and can be bought on the door.

The event is to raise money for the Ben O’Brien fund.

BLIND and partially sighted children in Sheffield are invited to make a big splash at special swimming days this Sunday, and again in April.

Westfield Sports Centre is hosting a free event where specially trained instructors will help children boost their confidence, meet other people with sight loss and have fun trying new activities. To reserve a place for a child aged eight to 16 call 0113 386 2800.

KNIT, natter and raise cash for a community group tomorrow at The Dressmakers’ Workshop in High Green from 12noon to 2pm. Money raised will be given to the Friends of Charlton Brook in Burncross.

A NEW exhibition has been launched at a Sheffield bar. Dada, on Trippet Lane in the city centre, hosts Ross Moore’s collection of landscapes and still lifes for the next six weeks.