New 999 fire control system

FIRE chiefs have signed a £3m deal for a new 999 call handling system.

West and South Yorkshire fire services will use the new joint system, which will take emergency calls and despatch fire engines.

The system, which will be supplied by French company Systel, is expected to save the two authorities £400,000-a-year and should be up and running in 2014.

The announcement came after the costly failure of a scheme to centralise 999 control centres into a new facility at Paragon Business Village in Wakefield.

The Regional Control Centre project, which has so far cost around £270m nationally, was scrapped in December 2010 after a running into IT problems and going over budget.