£1million fire station for Burwell will be finished this week - and first training session for fire crews planned
PUBLISHED: 12:21 27 October 2014 | UPDATED: 12:21 27 October 2014
Cambs Fire & Rescue Service
Construction of Burwell's £1million new fire station is complete and crews will move in today (Thursday) ready for the first training session.
The station is a short distance from the former station in Reach Road and includes a purpose built training building. It will be home to on-call crews from the old Burwell and Swaffham Bulbeck stations, which will now close.
During the moving period, crews will still be able to respond to an emergency should they be called.
Sir Peter Brown, Chairman of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority, said: “This new station is a significant improvement on the facilities available previously to the on-call firefighters at Burwell and Swaffham Bulbeck.
“They will now be able to maintain their skills using the new on-site training building rather than travelling to another facility. “As a service we are passionate about providing the best possible service to the residents of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, which is why it is a real positive that we continue to invest in new equipment for operational firefighters.”
The construction work was carried out by SEH French and project managed by Ingleton Wood. The project cost around £1 million.
An agreement between Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service and Cambridgeshire County Council, under the Making Assets Count programme, enabled the identified piece of land in Reach Road to be utilised to build the new fire station.
Councillor Steve Count, leader of Cambridgeshire County Council and the Making Assets Count Reference Group, said: “This is a great example of public bodies working together for the benefit of the community we serve. We are glad to have been able to help make this happen and wish the service well with the new station.”
The station will be officially opened at the end of November.