A STATE-of-the art fire station was officially opened by brigade bosses as part of a major rebuilding programme.
Cleveland Fire Brigade opened the new Headland Community Fire Station yesterday, which forms part of a multi-million pound programme to bring buildings up to 21st century standards.
The £830,000 base replaces the previous building in Durham Street which was over 50 years-old.
Fire bosses, members of the Cleveland Fire Brigade Authority, local councillors and residents were all invited to attend the launch and enjoy a look around the new facilities.
Chief Fire Officer Ian Hayton said: “This is the first in a series of building projects to ensure that the Brigade has the very best and most efficient facilities to protect residents, businesses and visitors to Cleveland.
“This is not just a fire station, it is a fantastic new community fire station and I am sure that residents living on the Headland and in the surrounding area feel very re-assured to have the very latest fire and rescue facilities on their doorstep.”
Brian Briggs, chair of Cleveland Fire Authority, said: “It is absolutely vital that we invest in new facilities such as this one to ensure that we can continue to provide excellent emergency services to the people of Cleveland for years to come.”