Fire officers take on a new focus.(Product guide)

Fire officers across Nottinghamshire are blazing a trail in a new fleet of cars, designed to help them to work more flexibly when responding to incidents.

The Ford Focus estate cars are decorated with the distinctive fire service markings and blue emergency lights. They will become a familiar sight as more and more Watch Managers become available and qualified to operate as 'mobile Watch Managers'--the first scheme of its kind to be set up in the country.

Watch Managers traditionally ride on a fire engine to every incident, but national guidance says that they should take on a broader management and performance monitoring role.

A pilot project was launched at Worksop and Arnold fire stations last summer to test how this might work in practice. …

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