Statement in response to the Government’s announcement regarding the future of the regional fire control project

Avon Fire & Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive Kevin Pearson said: “Today’s announcement by the Government concerning the regional fire control project means the uncertainty for both our staff and the local community is over. However, we are not pleased about the vast amount of money that has been spent on this failed project. We would have preferred the money to have been invested in the fire and rescue service in different ways. 

“Avon Fire & Rescue Service has continued to invest in its current control centre at Lansdown, near Bath, despite the uncertainty of the project over the last five years. We currently have state of the art facilities and resilience measures in place to ensure the safety of the community we serve and we will now be looking to the future. 

“We firmly believe that our control centre could provide a realistic option for neighbouring fire and rescue services which were planning to relocate to the new Taunton centre and we would welcome the opportunity to discuss these arrangements further. “ 

Chair of Avon Fire Authority, Councillor Terry Walker, said “We never wanted this project. We have been consistent in our views since this started in 2004. It was badly planned, badly managed and hugely expensive. We need to quickly put this whole botched project behind us and move on”.