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Fire service to discuss sharing ambulance stations

Fire authority leaders are to discuss a report suggesting that millions of pounds could be saved if fire stations were shared with the ambulance service.

The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority will consider today whether a joint headquarters and collaboration between control rooms could deliver a better service and save money.

The report said the ambulance service’s 70 stations in the capital are worth an estimated £80m and that combining more of these with fire stations could deliver savings.

Authority chairman Brian Coleman said: “The London Fire Brigade is already delivering a world class fire and rescue service for the people of London and by working more closely with the ambulance service we could provide an even better emergency service at less cost. At the moment, the London Ambulance Service shares facilities at three fire stations but this could be just the tip of the iceberg.

“No options should be off the table when it comes to the London Fire Brigade and the ambulance service working more closely together.”

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