16:32 Monday 03 February 2014

Work begins on new fire station in Burwell

Written byLIZZY BUCHAN

Construction has begun on a new £1 million fire station in Burwell.

The new site, located on land adjacent to the existing station in Reach Road, will be home to crews from both Burwell and Swaffham Bulbeck when it opens later in the year.

A public consultation was held last year over the merger between the two rural fire stations, with 88 per cent of responses in favour of the amalgamation, according to the fire service.

Sir Peter Brown, chairman of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority, said: “This new station will be a significant improvement on the existing facilities we have in the area.

“Firefighters will be able to keep up their competences using the new on-site training building rather than travelling to another facility.

“It is a real positive that the service is able to continue to invest in new equipment for operational firefighters to ensure the residents of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough get the best service.”

The new station will include a purpose built on-site training facility – currently not available at any of the existing stations – along with community facilities.

An agreement was made between the fire service and Cambridgeshire County Council to allow the use of the land for the £1 million fire station.

The merger was originally met with opposition by retained firefighters in Swaffham Bulbeck, who told the News they were concerned they would be overlooked as they live further from Burwell fire station.

One of the reasons given for the closure of the Swaffham Bulbeck station was the fire engine only attended 11 incidents between during 2012/13 financial year – four of which were false alarms.

The rest of the incidents in the area were attended by fire engines from elsewhere in the county.

The construction work, which is due to be completed in the autumn, will be carried out by SEH French and project managed by Ingleton Wood.

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