The proposed national strategy to provide nine networked regional fire control rooms was announced by Fire and Rescue Service Minister Nick Raynsford, in December 2004, when he launched the Draft National Framework and published the Mort MacDonald report "The Future of Fire and Rescue Service Control Rooms in England and Wales--Update 2003".

At the time the Minister asked for comments on the proposed approach. The decision to go ahead with the project was confirmed following constructive and helpful responses to the consultation, which broadly endorsed the Government's proposed way forward. The Practitioners' Forum have agreed to be the Stakeholder Group for the project. …

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