The East of England Ambulance Service’s move to Bury St Edmunds fire station has been officially celebrated.
Unused office space at the station, in Parkway North, has been redeveloped for the ambulance service to create a reporting station for 28 operational staff, an office for three administrative staff as well as a dedicated crew room and locker facilities.
There are also three new response vehicle bays with vehicle charging points on the fire station apron.
It is part of Suffolk’s Blue Light Partnership to share property assets, reduce operating costs and improve services.
Matt Broad, EEAST locality director for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, said the move was necessary due to ‘space restrictions and access issues’ at their existing facilities, in Brooklands Close, which they will continue to use.
He said: “I’m delighted that our close working with Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service has delivered this collaborative response base in Bury to share public propert assets and improve services for our patients.”
Facilities to be shared by the two forces at the station include a new ground floor meeting room, kitchenette, welfare facilities, community room and a general office space.
Mark Hardingham, chief fire officer at Suffolk Fire and Rescue, said: “We now have 10 of our 35 fire stations shared with either police or ambulance colleagues and plans for more to come in the next few years.”
Plans to develop the station started last year with building work completed in May and admin staff started moving in during the summer.