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Thursday, 28 August 2014

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Work to start on new Cumbria fire station

WORK gets underway next week to build a new community fire station in Cumbria.

On Monday contractors are due to move onsite in Bootle, near Millom, at the former highways depot at Station Road to start preparing the ground for the building of the new £1m fire station and highways depot.

The new station will replace the ageing Bootle fire station on Main Street and will offer enhanced facilities for firefighters and the community.

It will include a vehicle appliance bay, office space, training tower and a community room.

As well as being a facility for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and local people, the site will house a 300-tonne salt barn for storing salt used by Cumbria County Council’s highways team for winter gritting.

The work, being carried out by principal contractor Walter Carefoot and Sons, is due to be completed in summer 2014.

The building of the new station, designed by Architects Plus, is part of an ongoing drive by Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service to place and target resources where they’re most needed and ensure the right people and equipment are in the right place at the right time.

Cumbria’s Assistant Chief Fire Officer Adrian Buckle said: “This new community fire station will be a major improvement on the current Bootle station offering better facilities for firefighters and local people.

“With much of the focus now being on prevention rather than cure when it comes to dealing with fires, educating people about reducing fire risks and keeping themselves safe is a key part of what we do, so the community facilities at the station will aid our work in spreading the safety message.

“The building of another new community fire station, following the other five PFI stations that have come into service around the county in the past two years, highlights our commitment to the changing needs and modern practices of the service."

Cumbria County Council is consulting with people on plans for changing the way it delivers some services. To have a say on the Fire Service budget proposals, and others within the council’s public consultation, visit www.cumbria.gov.uk/ourfuture or pick up a copy of the consultation document available in local libraries and other public buildings.

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