SOUTH Yorkshire's first £560,000 joint fire and police station has opened today in Maltby.
Firefighters have now started attending 999 calls from the station after work to modify the existing police station on Byford Road to accommodate fire service vehicles and staff was completed last month.
The old fire station on Maltby High Street has now closed.
The project won Government Transformation Funding of £560,000 and will see South Yorkshire Police (SYP) and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue (SYFR) share running costs.
A SYFR spokesman added: “The move has shifted fire service resources around a mile closer to the east side of Rotherham, which traditionally accounts for a greater volume of emergency incidents compared to lower risk areas to the east of Maltby.
“It will also improve services by making it easier for police and firefighters to share knowledge, skills and expertise when tackling common issues, like anti-social behaviour and road traffic collisions.
“In a similar way, it will help both organisations to reach the most vulnerable members of the community."