When news happens, text LT and your photos and videos to 80360. Or contact us by email or phone.
New fire station in Burnley is a trail blazer
BURNLEY Community Fire Station has opened its doors for a preview after a £3million rebuild.
In September the centre in Ormerod Road is set to become a hub of activity for youth and community groups making use of the station’s new gardens, computer and meeting rooms.
The private finance initiative-funded building is set in the same grounds, but has doubled in size and is equipped with ‘state of the art’ training and fitness facilities.
Firefighters, who began using it in May, will also be giving public demonstrations of dramatic rescue scenarios in the station’s new firehouse when it opens to the public.
The new gardens at the front of the station might also mean there will be a new community patch of fruit and veg.
Duncan Emmett, area fire safety manager for Pennine district, said: “We really want the station to be a community resource.
Before, you might have driven past the station and not thought of it as anything to do with you, but now we want to be much more a part of the community.”
The firefighters have been in temporary accommodation for the last twelve months while the old building was bulldozed and the new one built. Mr Emmett said: “Every one in the station seems much happier since we’ve moved in here. It’s like moving into a new house, everything feels great.
“We can train to a higher standard here than we could before and we can make sure our fitness levels are at their best. Our old gym was a bit antiquated, the equipment was nowhere near as good as it is now. Which is important because with changes to our pensions, we’re going to have to keep working longer.”
The new development also means Prince’s Trust work with young people aged 16 to 25 aimed at getting them into work or training that the service carry out can be based at the station.
Mr Emmett said: “Engaging with vulnerable youngsters is a positive thing for us to do, because these are often kids who lose faith in normal education after high school and can’t see what direction to take. We have team and self-esteem building exercises which make them more employable and happy individuals.
Being around here and listening to fire safety guidance should hopefully lower the numbers of deliberate fires we get in early summer as well.” The fire station will be holding an open day for the public on Saturday, August 31.
Comments are closed on this article.