A new owner has been announced for a Tees Valley business which specialises in emergency responses

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A COMPANY which specialises in dealing with industrial fires has taken over a Tees Valley business.

Falck, which is a worldwide provider of industrial fire and rescue services for high-risk industries and airports, has acquired the Asset Protection and Emergency Response business from Sembcorp Utilities UK in the Tees Valley.

The news comes just months after Sembcorp announced the response business was to be transferred to a new owner as part of a restructuring of the company’s operations on Teesside.

Semborp has major industrial customers in the area, particularly in Billingham, North Tees, and at Wilton.

Last October’s announcement that it was transferring its asset protection section generated huge interest from a wide range of companies.

But Sembcorp selected Falck, which now takes control of 109 staff and the main assets of the business.

Poul Mortensen, the executive vice president Emergency Europe of Falck, said: “We are actively seeking to develop our industrial fire services business in the UK and this acquisition is central to our strategy and is a great platform for growth and job creation.”

Doug Annan, the senior vice president and site director of Sembcorp Utilities UK, said: “Industrial fire fighting and emergency response is a core business for Falck and this is an excellent outcome for both parties, our existing industrial customers on Teesside and the employees of the Asset Protection business.”

Sembcorp Utilities UK will now focus on growing its remaining business in the Tees valley which focuses on green energy, conventional energy and logistics. It has around 180 workers.

Falck operates the world’s largest private firefighting company. It also provides health care, ambulance and assistance services and deals with companies all over the world.