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Durham and Darlington fire control system wins funding

Regional fire control centre in Durham
Image caption The complex in Durham has lain empty since it was completed in March 2008

Plans to switch a fire service headquarters have moved a step closer after a cash boost.

County Durham and Darlington Fire Authority has won £1.8m of government money for a control system.

The service has asked the government if it can take over a control centre which has lain empty for four years.

The complex at Belmont would have replaced existing control rooms across the North East's brigades but the scheme was scrapped in 2010.

It was one of nine built for fire services in England at a cost of almost £470m.

The authority said discussions about the building were continuing and it hoped to have them finalised shortly.

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