A new fire brigade building could be ready in just over two years.
Bosses at Cleveland Fire Brigade have told how work is progressing well on the new training and technical hub which is being built at Queens Meadow in Hartlepool.
The development at Queens Meadow is vital to ensure that we can continue to provide the highest possible standard of fire and rescue servicesIan Hayton, chief fire officer for Cleveland Fire Brigade
Bosses are confident of the whole project being ready for use by 2017 . It will include facilities which will be open to the public as well.
Ian Hayton, who is the chief fire officer for Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “The development at Queens Meadow is vital to ensure that we can continue to provide the highest possible standard of fire and rescue services.
“It will also incorporate a restaurant and gymnasium which local residents and businesses will be encouraged to use.”
Mr Hayton added: “Investing in new, modern buildings will also generate efficiencies for the Brigade as we will be able to reduce our running costs.”
Mr Hayton also gave an update on the work so far and said it was part of a wider development plan.
He said: “Work is progressing well to create our new Training and Technical Hub at Queens Meadow and follows the completion of recent schemes to build new community fire stations on the Headland and in Middlesbrough.
“Work is almost complete on the two new car parks at Queens Meadow and the foundations have been laid for the Training and Admin Hub which forms part of phase 1.
“We expect to start work this September on phase 2, which includes the Technical Hub, and the scheduled completion for the whole project is late 2017.”