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Event Date/Time: 20 October 2014, 15:11
EMERGENCY services in Irlam have joined forces to work from one location for the first time in Greater Manchester.
An official ribbon cutting ceremony marked the official opening of the tri-station on Monday, October 20, 2014 with representatives from North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and GMFRS, including Irlam’s Station Manager, Angus Robinson and Blue Watch.
The doors of the engine house were closed to show the delegates the three striking images representing each of the blue light services.
Irlam’s Station Manager, Angus Robinson, said: “The new way of working will allow the emergency services in Irlam to be at the heart of the community.
“We hope to encourage the residents of Irlam to become more and more involved in projects we are running in the future which over time will turn the station into a real focal point.
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Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Joining together the three blue light services at Irlam has allowed us to further develop our joint working with police and ambulance colleagues and make it easier for the public to connect with their local emergency services.
“The striking images were added to the front doors in August to let people know about the exciting changes at the station.”
Inspector Jill Gorse from Greater Manchester Police, said: “This is a new era for the emergency services. We have been successfully serving the community from the Irlam site since 2011 and it is wonderful to have NWAS on board.
“Working in partnership really supports our key priority - to protect residents and the wider community.”
Chief Executive of North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Bob Williams, said: “NWAS is delighted that the continued collaboration between the three blue light services in Greater Manchester at an operational level has resulted in sharing these excellent premises, which continues our programme of estate utilisation throughout the North West.”