Police and fire services in Lincolnshire will share one headquarters in Nettleham from today as part of plans for closer, more joined up working.
The building, based at the site of the existing police headquarters in Nettleham, will house fire and rescue service staff, police personnel, chief officers and administrative staff from both services.
As part of the county’s Blue Light Collaboration programme, the new shared HQ aims to encourage closer working between the services.
It is the first step in the programme, with fire’s 999 control facility due to co-locate with the police in Nettleham later this year and a new £16m ambulance, police and fire station to be built at South Park in Lincoln by 2019.
Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones said: “I am delighted this innovative project has now been realised.
“A shared Fire and Police HQ is a tangible example of how collaboration can deliver the best results for the taxpayer.”
Councillor Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council, added: “This move will allow better opportunities for closer working, which will undoubtedly mean improved services for the public.”