Fire stations IT project running nine months late

The FiReControl project, which will link the IT systemsof fire control rooms across the UK is running nine months late, the government...

The FiReControl project, which will link the IT systemsof fire control rooms across the UK is running nine months late, the government admitted today.

Sadiq Khan, parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department of Communities and Local Government, told the House of Commons today that the first phase of the project would be delivered nine months late.

The overall project is currently running five months behind schedule.

Khan said, "FiReControl is a complex and demanding project and as such is subject to rigorous ongoing review. Since I took up my post as Fire Minister a thorough review of all aspects of the FiReControl project has been completed, and a number of difficulties with the ICT and other dimensions of the project were identified. These issues will result in some delay."

The first phase of the project, which will see the first three regional control centres go live in the North East, East Midlands and South West, will now be delivered in summer 2010. The full system is expected to be in place by spring 2012.

Khan also announced publication of the FiReControl business case and said he is "seeking views" on the document during a period of consultation.

The project will see a networklinkfire control rooms, replacing control rooms' current stand-alone IT systems.

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