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The Duke of Gloucestershire officially opens Worcester Fire Station

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Today (19 November) His Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester, officially opened the new Worcester Fire Station situated in McKenzie Way.

His Royal Highness was greeted at the station by the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Lt Col Patrick Holcroft LVO, OBE, who then presented Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates and Chairman of Hereford & Worcester Fire Authority, Cllr Derek Prodger MBE.

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The Duke began his visit with a tour of the new facilities, where he met firefighters who talked about their roles and the capabilities of the station. He then went on to view the extensive range of equipment used at the station as well as the training facilities that help firefighters further prepare for the many types of fire and rescue situations that they face. The new training rig was brought to life as firefighters filled the rig with smoke and carried out an exciting rescue demonstration for the Duke.

The demonstrations continued with a display from the Urban Search and Rescue team and His Royal Highness even seized the opportunity to ride on the aerial ladder platform that is used for firefighting and carrying out rescues at height.

During his visit, the Duke met the Community Risk team from HWFRS, volunteers from the Red Cross and West Midlands Search and Rescue and Project Manager Alex Fuller from Place Partnership Ltd, who explained the build process.

The visit concluded with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.

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Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates said: "It has truly been an honour to welcome His Royal Highness to the new Worcester Fire Station and to have obtained his royal approval. I'd like to thank the Duke for taking the time out of his busy schedule to attend the opening and for showing such an interest during his visit."

He continued: "We are immensely proud of the new station and, more importantly, what it means for the local community. Not only is the station far more efficient, but the new training facility also enables our firefighters to train for all kinds of scenarios thus increasing our ability to deliver the best service we can to the communities we serve."

Firefighters transferred to the new station, which comes complete with state of the art training facilities, earlier in the year. The building also has provision for the Young Firefighters Association and has multi-use lecture facilities.

Issued by:
Jessica Chadwick
Corporate Communications Manager
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
Tel: 01905 368 319