Hayle Firefighters celebrate two years supporting their community

In March 2015 the first ever tri-service station in the UK - Hayle Emergency Services Community Station - became operational following an extensive programme which aimed to deliver revenue efficiencies and provide a better response to the community.

Two years on and firefighters, police and ambulance crews have celebrated the station's second year of operation.

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Back in 2015, detailed risk analysis identified that by moving our Community Fire Stations from their locations, in Camborne and Redruth, to two new sites in Tolvaddon nr Pool and Hayle, we would be able to reach an additional 13,900 people within the critical 10 minute emergency time.

This blue light collaboration project provided accommodation for our fire and rescue service, operating alongside colleagues from South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust and Devon and Cornwall Police. Just over 2 years from when the Hayle station became operational,  the community and the blue light services have seen multiple benefits of improved partnership working and integration of services.

The services also introduced a unique Tri-Safety Officer role based at the new tri-service building. This role allows us to achieve an integrated approach to the wider community safety agenda incorporating elements such as; youth engagement and anti-social behaviour, contributing in our combined approach to address local social welfare and community safety issues.

On 1 April this year, Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service announced that their firefighters had achieved their full firefighter competency. Six firefighters who serve the community of Hayle and the surrounding area have worked tremendously hard over the last three years to gain their competency level and the experience needed of working at the on-call station. Throughout this time the crew have been supported by a Station Manager and Group Managers.

David Carlisle Station Commander said: “Hayle can be very proud of their Firefighters.  They have responded to multiple emergency calls and helped numerous people in a timely, professional manner. I am delighted to share this evening with them as they attain Competent Firefighter Status.”

Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker said: “ I am immensely proud of both the crews and the Emergency Services Station in Hayle. This is collaborative working at its very best delivering positive outcomes for Hayle and the surrounding area. It is my pleasure to join crews, their families and our partners to celebrate their achievements.”

Story posted 31 May 2017