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Newcastle Community Fire Station Goes Live

01/09/2011

Newcastle Community Fire Station
Newcastle Community Fire Station goes 'on the run'

Newcastle Community Fire Station has gone live! Firefighters last night started responding from the brand new community fire station.

"The building has a welcoming feel and because firefighters have had an input into the design the layout is much more workable."

Station Manager, Andy Kinsman

The new station has been built on a site just further up the road from the existing station on Knutton Lane. The state of the art station comes complete with community facilities, a partnership area, a gym and a training building.

Station Manager, Andy Kinsman said: “We’re really pleased with the new station; it couldn’t be more different to the former station. The building has a welcoming feel and because firefighters have had an input into the design the layout is much more workable. The facilities for both the firefighters and the community really are second to none.

“The community rooms will be open for use from the 14th September and we’ll also be looking to hold in some general drop in sessions, which will include a tour of the station, in the coming months.”

Vice Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority and Lead Member for Newcastle, Cllr Simon Tagg added: “The community fire station is a fantastic new development for Newcastle. This building is so much more than just a fire station; it’s a community facility that local people can use for their own projects, initiatives and partnerships. We’re confident that it will soon become a community hub for Newcastle and the surrounding areas.”

Newcastle is the eighth in a line of ten new community fire stations being built under a private finance initiative (PFI) project. The consortium delivering the project is called Fire Support. Construction company Thomas Vale have constructed the building and COFELY Ltd will provide the ongoing facilities management.

Ian Bolden, General Manager of Fire Support commented: “The Fire Support partnership is an excellent example of the private and public sector working together successfully to deliver long-lasting benefits for the community. Newcastle is the eighth of ten community fire stations and the delivery programme for this multi-site project has been challenging but has been achieved so far through great tenacity, skill and professionalism of the entire team.” 

The City’s first new community fire station in Sandyford is already proving to be a massive success, attracting up to 40 bookings per month from community and partner groups including; Age UK, North Staffs Cancer Support, the Workers Education Association and the Foster Carers Support Group.

Bookings are currently being taken for the community room at Newcastle ready for when the facilities open on 14th September. The community room seats up to 30 people and the meeting room up to 14 people. The rooms are available from 9am – 10pm weekdays and from 9am – 5pm at weekends. Community and partner groups interested in booking the free facilities should email northerncommunityrooms@staffordshirefire.gov.uk or ring 01785 898897.