New station set to open

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WORK on a new £800,000 fire station is nearing completion.

Building work on the new retained station has been ongoing all summer at the Headland Fire Station site in Durham Street, where it is replacing the former 50-year-old facility.

Building work underway at the Headland Fire Station

Building work underway at the Headland Fire Station

Work on the building’s main structure is complete with the internal work left to be finished over the coming weeks.

Officials at Cleveland Fire Brigade say it will be ready by August and residents will be able to go and have a look for themselves at the new state-of-the-art facility.

The building project is part of a major push by Cleveland Fire Brigade to improve firefighting facilities across the county, despite savage budget cuts of £5.75m.

Ray Khaliq, director of technical services at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “The Headland Community Fire Station build is now nearing completion with works to the internal space and external ground work left to be done.

Building work underway at the Headland Fire Station

Building work underway at the Headland Fire Station

“The new facility will house one fire engine and will deliver protection, prevention and an emergency response service to the community.

“Once it is complete at the end of August we will be inviting the local residents to come and view the new station to view its first class facilities at a formal opening ceremony expected to be held in October.”

The new station, which has been built on the same site as the previous building, will continue to house one fire engine, to provide community services and respond to emergencies.

During construction emergency response services are still being delivered by retained firefighters from a temporary fire station at the rear of the building site.