Estates Update

The Trust has recently completed the co-location of services with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service into the new Community Fire Station at Birkenhead. We now have a total of four stations where this initiative has been undertaken (Birkenhead, Newton-le-Willows, Southport and Formby).

Major refurbishments have been completed at Chester, Ellesmere Port, Runcorn and Bury, and work is currently ongoing at Bolton South, Kendal and Rochdale. The workshop at Salford has now closed and the work has been transferred to Bury workshop. Bury is now working an extended daily shift system across seven days. As well as this, the Trust has recently joined forces with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and Cheshire Constabulary to form the first emergency services hub of its kind in the North West.

A full trial started on 25 November for six months involving the move of Paramedic Emergency Service (PES) from Lydiate Ambulance Station (Maghull) to the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Community Fire Station at Buckley Hill. Two Paramedic Emergency Service (PES) vehicles (ambulance and RRV) are being moved from Warrington Ambulance Station to the fire station at Birchwood to provide more effective local coverage of that area.

Following consideration of the Executive Management Team (20 November 2013) and the Finance Committee (17 January 2014), the Board of Directors has approved the relocation of vehicles and staff from Preston Ambulance Station (Deepdale Road) to a co-location with the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service at their Blackpool Road station in Preston. Moving from the current ambulance station, which is suffering from progressive movement in the form of subsidence, will effectively save the Trust from spending tens of thousands of pounds on structural stability work with no beneficial outcome other than stabilising the building condition.