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FIREFIGHTERS and paramedics are now working from one location in the Philips Park area of Manchester as the two services build on a successful partnership.
The two organisations will now be based under one roof at Philips Park Community Fire and Ambulance Station, which officially opened on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
Crews from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) gathered to mark the occasion with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the Briscoe Lane site.
The event was led by GMFRS County Fire Officer Peter O’Reilly, Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority (GMFRA) Councillor David Acton, Chief Executive of NWAS Derek Cartwright, and Chair of NWAS NHS Trust Wyn Dignan.
Photo L-R Derek Cartwright, Wyn Dignan, Councillor David Acton and Peter O'Reilly
Philips Park is the second GMFRS station to share a location and facilities with NWAS and there are plans for more shared services across the county. Earlier this year, officers from Greater Manchester Police moved into the fire station at Mossley.
GMFRA Chair Cllr Acton said: “This move builds on the fantastic partnership we have developed with our blue light partners as we work together to improve the lives of people in Greater Manchester in the most effective and efficient way.
“We already have joint stations with NWAS at Irlam and have future plans for a brand new fire and ambulance station in Wigan.
“It’s really important that we develop collaboration with NWAS colleagues and it’s something that’s expected of us by the people we work for and represent in our communities.”
NWAS NHS Trust Chair Wyn Dignan said: “We completely value the partnership working that we have in place with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.
“It is absolutely about the people we are here to serve. It’s not about buildings and signs – it’s about real partnership working and we look forward to that developing over the months and years to come.”