Crews move into Kinver's £1.9 million community fire station
Computer image of Kinver Community Fire Station
Crews have today moved into Kinver’s new £1.9 million community fire station.
"The fire and rescue service has changed significantly since the old station was built in the 1950s and the new facility reflects those changes. The modern station will allow us to provide the first-class emergency response cover that our communities expect and deserve."
Liam Hickey - Station Manager at Kinver
The state-of-the-art facility has replaced the outdated base on Fairfield Drive which was built in 1957.
It has been designed to enable firefighters to respond more efficiently and effectively to 21st Century emergencies.
Facilities within the building have also been created specifically with the community in mind and for the use of residents.
Groups and organisations will be encouraged to gather in the meeting rooms, creating a community hub which will allow greater contact between local people and firefighters who serve the area.
Station Manager at Kinver Liam Hickey said: "The crews are really pleased to be operating from the new community fire station – today marks a real milestone both for the Service and for the residents of Kinver.
"The fire and rescue service has changed significantly since the old station was built in the 1950s and the new facility reflects those changes. The modern station will allow us to provide the first-class emergency response cover that our communities expect and deserve.
"It is also much more inclusive of local people who will be able to access our community rooms and have a greater level of contact with the firefighters as well as the prevention and protection teams. Crews and Community Safety Officers will be able to interact more closely with members of the community and will hold safety sessions which local people will be invited to attend."
Kinver Community Fire Station is the second facility to be operational in phase two of a major upgrade of buildings across the county. The first, Chase Terrace, opened in September.
In total, 10 community fire stations will be rebuilt on their current sites plus a brand new station at Loggerheads which will replace the 45-year-old station at Ashley.
The first phase saw three additional stations developed and seven stations replaced between October 2009 and September 2011.
The Service will have invested a total of £90 million, funded through a Private Finance Initiative, on improving the stations when the project has been completed.
Bookings for the community rooms will be taken following post completion works at the site.