The new Rothwell Fire Station was officially opened yesterday at a ceremony attended by dignitaries, fire chiefs and construction bosses.
The Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Michael Fox, was guest of honour at the event and called the new £1.4m facility “fantastic”.
The single-storey building has replaced its pre-existing two-storey fire station on the same site on Carlton Lane, Rothwell, built in 1963.
It comprises a two bay vehicle garage, offices and rest and recreation areas as well as a new community room for use by groups in and around the Rothwell area.
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Chief Fire Officer Simon Pilling said: “The new fire station at Rothwell represents a significant investment by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority having cost close to £1.4 million pounds.
“We are in the process of building a number of new fire stations within West Yorkshire as part of our modernisation programme, and have recently opened one at South Kirkby and one at Rastrick with more to follow at Dewsbury, Killingbeck and elsewhere in the future.
“The new Rothwell Fire Station, alongside others, will provide a first class facility from which to deliver our highly effective emergency response and community safety activities to Rothwell and the surrounding areas for many years to come.”
Chair of the Fire Authority, Councillor Judith Hughes added: “Rothwell now has a state-of-the-art fire station that will serve both the general public and business communities for decades to come. I wish to convey the thanks of the Fire and Rescue Authority to all those involved in delivering the new station.
“The Fire and Rescue Authority has had to make some difficult decisions over the past few years to deliver the efficiency savings to balance the budget and I am sure we have many more challenges ahead. In spite of these challenges it is so important to be able to continue to invest in fantastic facilities such as this.”
The new station has been built by main contractor Conlon Construction.
Neil Conlon, divisional director at Conlon Construction Yorkshire, said: “The new station was carefully designed to have minimum impact on the nearby Conservation Area and we’re very proud to have delivered these modern facilities that will enable the fire service to continue its great and essential work within the local community.”
The new station will house 14 firefighters and one fire engine, providing 24/7 cover 365 days of the year.
The firefighters will work a day crewing system with two shifts of seven on each – blue watch and red watch. The day crewing system sees firefighters respond from the station during the daytime and providing coverage on-call from home overnight.
The station became operational in January and has attended approximately 180 incidents since the ‘go live’. It is predicted that the station will attend around 450 incidents per year.