Woodstock firefighters and police unveil new partnership at Fire Station

Woodstock’s neighbourhood policing team has relocated to their new base at Woodstock Fire Station, where they will share premises with colleagues from Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service.

New Chief Fire Officer for Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service, Rob MacDougall, said: “We are committed to thriving communities; working in partnership with other emergency services and support groups to achieve this. Co-locating teams at Woodstock makes absolute sense for our communities.

“It will undoubtedly improve relationships and information sharing between firefighters and police officers, making sure we are doing the very best for residents and businesses while delivering efficiencies by sharing properties.

“Being in the same building will provide more opportunities for our teams to problem solve and identify news ways to deliver our prevention initiatives in a joined-up way, whether that is reducing the vulnerability to fire, crime, or other community safety issues.”

West Oxfordshire Neighbourhood Inspector, Steve Hookham, said: “This is the second co-location with Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service, following Chipping Norton, and we look forward to taking this opportunity to work more closely with them and build on our existing partnership working.

“The relocation of the neighbourhood policing teams to this new facility ensures that Woodstock and the surrounding communities will continue to benefit from a locally based police presence for the foreseeable future.”