The building known as Barnard Castle Emergency Services building, is shared between County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS), Durham Constabulary, North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) and Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team.
The build began on Wilson Street at the site of the old fire station, in February 2016 with CDDFRS moving in on 10th March 2017. They were closely followed by the others who were all moved in by the end of April.
£3.78m was awarded by the government to CDDFRS to build the station, which will be the first of its kind in the country.
CDDFRS District Manager Adam Hall said: “This is great news for the community of Barnard Castle and for the four agencies involved. We work so closely together and being located in the same building can only help in ensuring the best possible emergency services response is offered to the people of Barnard Castle.”
Douglas McDougall, Strategic Head of Operations at North East Ambulance Service, added, “We were given a unique opportunity to work in partnership with our colleagues to develop one of the first stations to encompass all emergency services. Being housed together leads to better working relationships which benefits the community we serve.”
Team leader Steve Owers from Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team said “As a voluntary organisation this is a great opportunity for us to build on our relationship with the emergency service we work most closely with.”
Police Neighbourhood Inspector for Barnard Castle, Kevin Tuck said: It’s a great opportunity for the Barnard Castle neighbourhood policing team to be part of the first emergency services building of its kind in the country.
It’s also excellent news for the public who will continue to have a local policing presence here in Barnard Castle for years to come.”