CONSTRUCTION work on Penkridge’s new £1.8 million community fire station is set to start next week.
The state-of-the-art facility will replace the existing station on Boscomoor Lane, which has been operational since 1972.
The new fire station is expected to be up and running by the autumn of next year.
It is part of a major county-wide project which is being funded through the second phase of a Government run Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme.
The £45 million programme will see 10 fire stations rebuilt on their current sites plus a brand new station at Loggerheads.
Penkridge Station Manager Graham Mills said: “We are 100 per cent committed to providing a first class emergency response service to our residents and this investment in Penkridge demonstrates that.
“The new station will be far superior to the current one, both from an operational viewpoint and as a community facility.
“The aim is for the building to become a hub for local people who can make use of the rooms available. It will also give firefighters a golden opportunity to meet residents and to highlight the vital prevention and fire safety work that we carry out. The community fire station will signify a new era for the service and we are very much looking forward to it.”
The new stations will be equipped with high-tech operational facilities and have space for more community safety activities.
All of the new stations also include rooms and amenities for use by community groups.