Local MP visits new Worcester Fire Station
The new Worcester Fire Station in Great Western Business Park was visited by the city's MP, Robin Walker, yesterday, who described the new facility as 'very impressive'.
On Monday 11 May, Worcester's fire crews transferred to their new facility from the old station in Copenhagen Street, which was a much-loved building but did not meet the needs of a modern fire service.
Mr Walker was given a tour of the new, fit-for-purpose facility, which included the new training rig that will allow for more advanced exercises, enabling firefighters to better prepare for the many different types of fires and rescues they face on a regular basis.
He also heard how the station is more energy efficient and will provide significant savings in the long-term future. It also offers improved welfare amenities, provision for the Young Firefighters Association and has multi-use lecture facilities.
Mr Walker was shown around by Assistant Chief Fire Officer John Hodges and Station Commander Toby Kempton (pictured) and he had the chance to meet some of the crew members.
Afterwards, he said: "The new station is very impressive. It's good to see such a spacious facility and one that's so well designed, with all the equipment in the right place for quick deployment.
Training and safety is so important for modern firefighters and the new training rig is central to the new station.
It's a big improvement on the old station and a much more pleasant place to work; it's all about the people who work here and better facilities will raise the morale and retention of well-trained and experienced firefighters."
ACFO Hodges said: "It was a great pleasure to show Mr Walker around as the Service is justifiably proud of its state-of-the-art, 21st century fire station. From the project team to the crews that now work here, there has been a huge amount of time and effort put into completing this project.
The firefighters based here can now work and practice their skills in a station that is fit for purpose and substantially better than the old one. Local communities will be able to continue receiving the very highest standards of response from their local fire and rescue service."
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