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New Fire Station in York Completed

3rd April 2014

Work to build a new fire station in York, has now been completed and from the 1st April 2014 firefighters have been operating from the new station at Kent Street.New fire station on Kent Street

The Kent Street station has been built as a replacement for the fire station at Clifford Street, which is out-dated and no longer fit for use.

The new station comprises of three vehicle bays and further facilities ranging from office space to a training tower, in the rear yard. It also provides much needed extra space for the vehicles and equipment used by fire crews.

The station will house one wholetime crewed fire engine and a rescue boat and will also include a fire safety office and a community room which local community groups will be able to use. A further rescue boat will also be located on the River Ouse.

It has taken 37 weeks to build the station and it has been constructed to meet the “Very Good” level of the BREEAM* sustainability standard.

The construction of the station was undertaken by Caddick Construction who have worked very hard to achieve an excellent standard and to finish the station in time to become operational in April as planned.

Head of Technical Services, Simon Garnett-Spence said; “The Service is very pleased with the new fire station. The contractors and the technical team worked very closely with our staff to achieve the best results and we feel that this new facility will provide enhanced training facilities for our staff and in turn will serve the communities of York very well.”

Work has already begun to arrange for the disposal of the redundant site at Clifford Street.

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*BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building's environmental performance. http://www.breeam.org/about.jsp?id=66

There will now be:

  • One wholetime crewed fire engine and a rescue boat located at the new fire station on Kent Street and a further rescue boat located on the River Ouse.
  • Two fire engines consisting of one wholetime crewed and one retained duty system crewed and the aerial ladder platform located at Huntington.
  • Two fire engines consisting of one wholetime crewed and one retained duty system crewed and the incident response unit located at Acomb.

This means the overall number of fire engines within York remains the same but with a much improved level of service being delivered to 31,000 people who live in the North of the city.

Whilst 3,500 people within the Clifford Street area will receive a slightly slower response for a first fire engine to arrive, as a result of the station move, this move is more than offset by a corresponding faster response to 45,000 residents in the South and East of the city.

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