Wyre Forest StationStourport Road
Station Commander: Daryl Justice
Station Type: Wholetime and On-call
Vehicles and Skills:
- 4 Scania Fire Engines
- Land Rover off-road firefighting vehicle
- Environmental Protection Unit
- High Volume Pumping Unit with 2 Prime Movers
- Water First Responder Team
- Mistubishi L200 utility vehicle
- Command Support Unit (expected late 2019)
- Drone Team (expected late 2019)
Other Station Information
Following completion of the construction in late 2019, the fire crews of Bewdley, Stourport and Kidderminster will relocate to the new station. The co-location of these three fire stations – currently with a combined building age of almost 200 years – along with the Police Safer Neighbourhood Team and Severn Area Rescue Association, will create an Emergency Services Hub that will bring benefits to the community by enabling:
- closer sharing of operational intelligence
- smarter risk prevention activity
- improved incident response activity
The 3.5 acre brown-field site, off Stourport Way in Kidderminster, is currently being redeveloped into a brand new fire and police hub. The £7.6 million investment is being part-funded by £2.38 million from the Government Fire Transformation Fund and will serve all the communities of the Wyre Forest.
The Wyre Forest Hub will be made up of both wholetime firefighters and on-call firefighters. The on-call firefighters work part-time, responding to fire calls in the area when needed.
The station will have some of the very best training facilities available, including:
- a 'hot fire house' that uses LPG to create realistic scenarios
- a steel framed tower to allow for high level working and rescues
- a dedicated road traffic collision area that incorporates a section of dual carriageway
- a large water pit that will enable training with the High Volume Pump (HVP)
As water first responders, the crew are able to perform rescues and searches in shallow waters or flooded areas. The high volume pumps based at the station also provide support in reducing the effects of flooding, or creating sustainable water supplies at local or national incidents. Our Land Rover 130 off-road firefighting vehicle is ideal for use on large expanses of heathland, such as Hartlebury Common, or areas that are difficult to access like parts of the Severn Valley Railway.
The Environmental Protection Unit (EPU), provides support to crews at incidents involving hazardous materials. Amongst other things, the EPU carries booms to protect rivers from the spread of pollution in event of a chemical spillage entering the water course.
A Command Support Unit is expected in late 2019 and this will provide Commanders with support at larger incidents within, and potentially beyond, the service area.
In late 2019 we will introduce drone capability to give a bird's eye view of incidents, which will help firefighters and officers when tackling large blazes.
The new drone can also be used to assist crews whilst dealing with a host of other incidents from road traffic collisions to wildfires and animal rescues, along with more specialised incidents such as structural collapse, flooding, and those involving hazardous materials. Furthermore it may be used to give a new vantage point, for example, on rescues from height, water, or even trenches.
On-call training nights will be held on two evenings each week, and times are yet to be confirmed.
Station risk profile
A station risk profile is a review of potential life risks in each of the Fire and Rescue Service's fire station areas.
The station risk profile for Wyre Forest Hub Station will be available in autumn 2019.