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Official start of new era for firefighters

Mark Bendall, Gregg Bolton, Stuart Roxburgh, Ed Stephens and Graham Jamieson at the opening of the new fire station

Mark Bendall, Gregg Bolton, Stuart Roxburgh, Ed Stephens and Graham Jamieson at the opening of the new fire station

 

Chorley’s new £4m community fire station has been officially opened.

Firefighters started working at the station on Westway, Euxton, last year, but it was only on Thursday that the official ceremony was held.

The Mayor of Chorley, Coun John Walker, formally opened the new building.

The fire station is the last one to open in a three-year £11m programme to build new stations in Fleetwood, Blackburn, Burnley and Chorley.

It was built on the same site as Lancashire Fire And Rescue Service’s training centre, Washington Hall.

The aim of the facility is not only to lower response times, but also bring other benefits to the people of Chorley.

Fire prevention is a key part of the new station, with opportunities for members of the public to visit, for example for training sessions for carers to help them identify fire hazards in the home

Lancashire’s urban search and rescue team also has a new building at the fire station.

Chief fire officer, Chris Kenny, said: “It is immensely satisfying to reflect on what will be accomplished here at Chorley’s new community fire station, a resource that will surely enhance the work of the people here to continue to reduce fire deaths and injuries, go on providing the outstanding emergency response that they do and within the framework of a comprehensive range of initiatives and partnerships make a profound contribution to the welfare of the community they serve, as they have always done.

“It truly is a marvellous community resource and I would like to thank our project partners and all the individuals and organisations responsible for bringing the project to such a successful conclusion.”

Chorley’s old fire station on Weldbank Lane, which was built in 1962, will continue to operate until March next year to allow time for the retained fire engine there to move to the new station.

 

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