Police and Fire services in Northamptonshire have launched a new joint response vehicle in the south of the county to provide additional support to rural communities.
Known as the Rural Intervention Vehicle (RIV), it is staffed by a police officer and a fire officer and is part of the ongoing collaboration between Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The RIV officers work alongside local colleagues to promote community safety, increase visibility in rural areas, develop even closer links with the community, and identify and resolve local issues. As part of their role, they carry out various tasks in support of day-to-day policing and fire prevention in the area.
These include working with local communities to deal with ongoing local issues, gathering intelligence and identifying potential crime and fire risks and assessing and supporting incidents such as minor fires and road traffic collisions
Station Manager Jason Urbani, from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue and lead officer for the trial, believes putting police and fire resources into a single vehicle has bought many benefits.
He said: “The RIV has proved to be a very practical example of how police and fire can work together operationally on the ground, working with local colleagues and supporting the local community.
“The jointly crewed vehicle means the police and fire services in rural areas are more visible and accessible, with the officers also able to provide extra support to local people in areas such as crime and fire prevention and dealing with ongoing local problems.
“The second RIV is based in Brackley but will cover rural areas across the Brackley and Daventry areas. We are confident it will help us provide a quicker and more effective combined response to incidents in rural areas and there will be an ongoing evaluation of the trial.”
Chief Inspector Tom Thompson added: “The RIV is a welcome addition to the Daventry and South Northamptonshire area and is helping to improve the service provided to our rural communities.
“Working on a day-to-day basis means we can provide a quicker and more comprehensive response to the people who call us for assistance.”
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