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Centre's cash award.

Extra cash has been awarded for a new regional fire control centre.

Ministers earmarked a further pounds 800,000 for the new centre at Wakefield to cover the whole of the Yorkshire region.

The plan is to replace England's 45 fire control rooms with just nine by 2009.

Fire authorities had already been advised that they were to share nearly pounds 7.5m for the project over the next two years.

The latest announcement of extra money brings the total to pounds 17.5m.

Fire Minister Angela Smith said: "Despite the excellent work of control staff, existing fire control rooms are not purpose-built to respond to large-scale natural disasters, industrial accidents and terrorist attacks."

The fire control centre for the Yorkshire and Humber region is under construction at Paragon Business Village in Wakefield, off junction 41 of the M1.

It will replace all existing Yorkshire control centres, including the West Yorkshire one at Birkenshaw.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Dec 21, 2006
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