- Monday, 16 March 2015 14:00
The newly refurbished Kingswood Fire Station has been officially reopened.
Chair of Avon Fire Authority, Councillor Terry Walker, hosted the event on Monday 16 March at 2pm where local school children and other guests watched a fire safety demonstration and were given a tour of the new station.
Kingswood Fire Station was closed in May 2014 for a 40-week refurbishment programme. It became fully operational on Tuesday 10 February.
Work to expand and upgrade facilities was undertaken by Willmott Dixon.
The newly refurbished fire station is home to two fire engines, a command unit and a command support unit. It also has a community safety centre for use by members of the public.
The refurbishment works cost £1.6 million, a substantial amount of which will be paid for by a £1million grant from the Government.
As part of Avon Fire & Rescue Service’s Investing for the Future programme, the expansion of Kingswood Fire Station has enabled its merger with nearby Speedwell Fire Station, which has now closed.
Chair of Avon Fire Authority, Councillor Terry Walker, said: “I am delighted to be officially opening the newly refurbished Kingswood Fire Station.
“Avon Fire Authority made the decision last year to merge Kingswood and Speedwell fire stations as part of a wider programme of improvements that would reduce our expenditure.
“Since 2010 we have made £6.6 million of savings and efficiencies with further annual savings of £4.5 million needed in order to deal with the reductions we face in our budget over the next few years.
“We have so far been able to make these savings without the need for compulsory redundancies and ensuring that frontline services are protected. Through our Investing for the Future programme we are committed to ensuring we continue this pledge.
“The new Kingswood Fire Station has state-of-the-art facilities and ensures the excellent service we provide to the community continues.”
Avon Fire & Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer, Kevin Pearson, said: “The reopening of the newly refurbished Kingswood Fire Station marks the completion of the first of a number of improvements we are making under our Investing for the Future programme.
“The station has been brought right up to date to provide a great working environment for our staff. It also has a community room which offers free meeting space and access to IT facilities completely free of charge.
“Although Speedwell Fire Station has closed I would like to reassure members of the local community that the response standards for the area remain unchanged. Fire engines will continue to respond to all 999 calls within eight minutes.
“The Speedwell Fire Station site has been sold to Bristol City Council and their plan is to build an educational establishment there. This will be a fantastic asset for the local community so we are pleased the site will continue to serve local people in a positive way.”
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