Police & Fire Service Attend Incident At Wrexham Town Centre Bank

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Fire and Police were in attendance at the Wrexham town centre Barclays Bank branch on Wednesday as part pilot scheme surrounding missing and vulnerable people.

At around 10:30am there were reports of two fire engines outside Barclays Bank in Wrexham Town Centre.

One onlooker said there was ‘no fire in sight’, prompting curiosity as to what the fire service had been called to.

It has since been confirmed that North Wales Fire and Rescue Service were assisting North Wales Police in a search for a missing person as part of a pilot scheme to ‘provide support to locate vulnerable people who are reported missing from home’.

The work is co-ordinated by North Wales Police who say ‘it is way of ensuring we work together so that more resources are put towards locating a missing person as quickly as possible’.

Bespoke training developed by North Wales Police is provided to North Wales Fire and Rescue Service staff.

Staff at Wrexham, Holyhead, Caernarfon and Bangor Fire Stations completed this training and are currently taking part in the pilot, assisting colleagues from North Wales Police, as required, in searches for those reported missing.

The pilot will be reviewed periodically and other locations may be included in the future

Stuart Millington, Senior Fire Safety Manager for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “The pilot does not in anyway impact our operational cover or cost us more as a Service.

“Our staff will remain on call for fire and rescue service incidents and ready to respond as usual, but will provide assistance to police with missing from home incidents when required.

“They can then reengage in any search for a missing person when they are available to do so.

“This is another positive example of how emergency services are working together for the benefit of our communities and how we as a fire and rescue service can help to make a difference in a number of vital ways.”

Inspector Paul Wycherley North Wales Police lead on the Collaboration Project said “It is entirely proper that the emergency services are examining ways to work together to maintain and improve service to the public.

“This initiative strengthens the number of emergency service professionals tasked to reports of missing persons, which should result in persons being found more quickly so minimising the possibility of them coming to harm”.