Fire and ambulance services share Sudbury base

Date: 16 July 2018

Sudbury Ambulance Fire Statio Staff Group Shot

A joint station for Sudbury’s fire and ambulance services has been officially opened and is fully operational.

The station on Gregory Street has been occupied by the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, but now the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) will share facilities in a new partnership.

EEAST staff will now benefit from improved facilities and better access to the road network for emergency vehicles. It also means that blue light services can build on existing partnerships and it represents value for money for taxpayers.

Councillor Richard Rout, Cabinet Member for Environment & Public Protection for Suffolk County Council, opened the station and said: “We have already seen success across Suffolk where our emergency services are working closely together. Partnerships like this one in Sudbury will continue to develop, creating more opportunities for blue light collaboration and, importantly, closer working with local communities. In addition, sharing such facilities means public money can be saved and directed more efficiently into frontline services.”

Robert Morton, Chief Executive of EEAST, said: “This move will benefit our staff, as the old Sudbury ambulance station was no longer fit for purpose. Being in the same location as our fire service colleagues will bring many advantages, allowing us to give the same level of service to local people in and around Suffolk.”

The station in Sudbury is the fifth shared community fire and ambulance station in Suffolk, joining those in Brandon, Bury St Edmunds and two in Lowestoft.

  • Summary:

    A joint station for Sudbury’s fire and ambulance services has been officially opened and is fully operational.