The last of four new community fire stations in Gloucestershire will be fully operational next week.
'Gloucester South', situated on Shepherd Road off Cole Avenue in Gloucester, will be open on Monday 23rd July. It will provide improved fire cover for the south of the city, including access to the M5 at Hardwicke.
The station has six bays for vehicles, which includes fire engines, rescue boats and four wheel drive vehicles. There is also a purpose built training building that will provide a range of practical scenarios such as ladder work, breathing apparatus search and rescue, basement fire fighting and flooding to test firefighters operational skills.
Jon Hall, Chief Fire Officer for Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service, said: "All four new stations are something that we should be really proud of."
"Gloucester South is the last of four community fire stations which will help firefighters meet their eight minute response deadline to more than 14,000 extra homes and businesses around the city and boost Gloucestershire's ability to respond to emergencies, not only locally but when necessary across the region."
"Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is now better placed to deal with the existing and potential risks to the county and therefore, save more lives."
Councillor Will Windsor-Clive, Cabinet Member for Communities, added: "This has been a huge project and I am delighted with the new fire stations. Gloucester South has great facilities and will improve our response times in this area of the city."
Offices are included for station managers, watch managers and fire safety personnel as well as storage for fire fighters personal protective equipment and other uniform items. The station also features a self-contained community area including dedicated toilets, refreshment area and welfare facilities.
A training room used for lectures by fire service personnel is located next to the community room with a folding partition so that either room has flexibility to be extended if needed.
For more useful safety education resources, why not visit the education resource centre pages of the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership website
The 'SkillZONE' lifeskills centre, an interactive educational village, is nearing completion and is taking bookings now for September. Click here for more details http://skillzone.glosfire.gov.uk/
Notes to news editors:
Issued by: Hayley Vining, Gloucestershire County Council Media Team, 01452 425226, email@example.com
20th July 2012