Green light for new £2.4m fire station

A new £2.4m fire station is to be built in Lancaster '“ and will house paramedics as well as firefighters.

Wednesday, 9th March 2016, 11:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th March 2016, 11:01 am
An artist's impression of Lancaster's new fire station

The modern base will replace the current facility in Cable Street after the plans were given the go-ahead by city councillors on Monday.

Under the proposals, the existing building in Cable Street will be knocked down and replaced with a new one to accommodate two fire engines and seven ambulances plus rapid response vehicles.

The adjoining building at 38 Cable Street, which is currently occupied by a gym, will become accommodation, recreation and administration space for staff.

The plans also include a new watch tower, car parking, and a 2.4m high perimeter wall around the site.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) successfully bid for £2.4m of government funding to rebuild the station.

John Taylor from LFRS said: “The current station was built in 1973 and has become somewhat unfit for purpose.

“There will be much improved domestic arrangements, better parking, and more community facilities for members of the public in terms of fire safety education.

“There will be no reduction in provision during the transition.

“There’s obviously a close link between fire and ambulance services, and this will be good for Lancaster.”

Mr Taylor added that the transition from two full-time engines to one engine and one retained engine in Lancaster would coincide with the completion of the new facility.

A North West Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We believe these proposals would be an exciting and positive venture for both organisations, as they would allow us to further improve our collaboration with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.

“The trust already successfully shares other premises with our fire and police colleagues throughout the north west and as well as the financial benefits it would bring, it also helps to improve our working relationships and practices to benefit the local community.”

A decision will now be made regarding the future use of the current ambulance station in Langdale Road.