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Derbyshire Police and Fire Collaboration

A new Joint Headquarters

In December 2014, the Chair of Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority (DFRA) and the Police and Crime Commissioner Derbyshire (PCCD) signed a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) agreement that would enable them to build a new joint headquarters for Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service and Derbyshire Constabulary. The building was completed in August 2016 which was on target and on budget. This was an historical date for Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service. We moved into the new building with the Police between September and November with little interruption to our work. 

The building provides a modern, fit for purpose work environment with up to date IT equipment, welfare and business facilities. Having been in the building for a couple of years, Fire and Police have built strong working relationships marking the start of a new journey and commitment to ongoing collaboration between the two emergency blue light Services.

new joint fire and police headquarters

A new Joint Training Centre

Following on from the success of the Joint Headquarters, a brand new state of the art Joint Training Centre (JTC) was built in December 2017.

The JTC is the launch pad for the next generation of our firefighters and police officers, providing a learning environment worthy of our excellent teams from both operational and support backgrounds. A wide range of facilities are available enabling both organisations to learn new skills and also refine and refresh current ones. The JTC will provide a platform for ongoing collaboration between Derbyshire Constabulary and Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, as we explore joint training possibilities to ensure we continue to deliver the best possible service to the communities of Derbyshire.

fire and police joint training centre

Collaboration Opportunities

“Derbyshire Constabulary and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service will work together collaboratively, sharing knowledge, best practice and resources to generate efficiencies and improved effectiveness, providing better outcomes for the communities of Derbyshire”.

collaboration project framework flow

In April 2017, a joint statement was issued by the Chief Fire Officer and the Chief Constable, stating that collaboration between Fire & Police will be supported, led and driven where there is a clear improvement to some or all of the following:

  • Operational effectiveness
  • Organisational effectiveness
  • Efficiency savings
  • Improved outcomes for the public.

In pursuit of effective collaboration both Services will ensure to: 

  • Develop a culture of joint working
  • Have similar expectations of staff as they work
  • Ensure staff receive consistent messages
  • Encourage the freedom to explore opportunities
  • Maintain individual organisational identities.

Initial areas of collaboration to explore will focus on, but not be limited to:

Assets Communications
Fleet Specialist Operations
ICT/IT Crime (Investigation)
Prevention Procurement/Stores
Organisational Development Reception

A Strategic Police and Fire Collaboration Governance Board was established to manage, monitor and be the decision-maker to deliver these projects.

Project Documentation

A new series of project documentation was developed to ensure the aims, objectives and outcomes met the key principles set out in the collaboration framework. Some of the documents are listed below.

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