28 April 2010

HRH the Duke of York is set to officially open Brackley fire station tomorrow (Thursday 29th April).

The new complex, situated at St James Road in Brackley, has an exercise tower and yard, and has been newly-built by Northamptonshire County Council to replace the town’s former fire station which lacked the facilities required of a modern fire station.

Chief fire officer Martyn Emberson said: “We are delighted to welcome HRH the Duke of York to officially open our new fire station, which will help ensure the safety of people living in south Northamptonshire.

“The work carried out by today’s fire and rescue service has changed dramatically since the old fire station in Brackley was built 123 years ago. Modern firefighters need up-to-date, high quality facilities to enable them to protect our local communities as effectively as possible and the old station was no longer fit for purpose.

“The new station will help to ensure that our dedicated and committed firefighters can continue their training throughout their career, so that they are properly prepared to face the challenges their role brings.”

The new fire station is fully compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act and its new location will also allow fire appliances better access to the A43, ensuring they can reach emergencies as quickly as possible.

The original fire station was built in 1887 as a single bay firehouse and is a Grade II listed building leased from the National Trust.