- Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:50
Community groups and non-profit making organisations can now access state-of-the-art facilities, thanks to Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS).
On Wednesday 6 July Chair of Avon Fire Authority, Councillor Terry Walker, will be joined by AF&RS Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Kevin Pearson, to officially open a new community safety centre at Patchway Fire Station.
The new facilities offer free meeting room space, modern IT facilities, free fire safety advice, a secure location and disabled access.
Patchway Station Manager Matt Peskett said: “I am delighted to be able to reach out to community groups across the local area who might be in need of free facilities of this kind.
“AF&RS is keen to encourage everyone to use the centre and find out more about their local fire station. We focus very much on being at the heart of the community we serve and I hope members of the public will come and see what we have to offer.”
The Patchway Community Safety Centre is the tenth facility of its kind provided by AF&RS, with centres at its Headquarters in Bristol and at Bath, Keynsham, Nailsea, Southmead, Speedwell, Weston-super-Mare and Yate fire stations.
Patchway Fire Station will also be hosting an open day on Sunday 10 July from 11.00hrs until 15.00hrs where members of the public can have a tour of the station, meet their local firefighters, view some of the vehicles based at the station and get some fire safety advice.
Station Manager Peskett said: “This will be a really fun day for all the family to enjoy. There will be plenty to see and do with games and informative displays. We hope people will want to find out more about the local fire station and meet some of the people behind the big red doors.”