Ambulance service plans to move some vehicles and staff to Bury St Edmunds fire station
The East of England Ambulance Service plans to move some vehicles and staff to Bury St Edmunds fire station to free up space at its current base in the town.
Two double staffed ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and some administration staff will be based at the fire station, in Parkway North.
Ambulance bosses say the move is necessary as they have ‘outgrown’ their current facilities, in Brooklands Close, which they will continue to use.
It will also ‘greatly improve cover and response to patients in the Bury area’.
The ambulance service is working with fire services across the region to explore ways of working more closely and already shares facilities at Lowestoft fire station and uses Brandon station as a standby response post.
The administartion staff will relocate to the fire station in April followed by the operational staff and ambulances in May/June after some building work.
The ambulance service will pay rent to Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service for use of the facilities.
Matt Broad, the ambulance service’s locality director for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, said: “Plans are moving forward for the Trust to be co-located with Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service at the fire station in Bury St Edmunds.
“There are space restrictions and access issues at EEAST’s current Bury base, in Brookland’s Close next to Westgate Primary School.”