RESIDENTS are being invited to preview plans for the re-development of a fire brigade headquarters.
Cleveland Fire Brigade is planning to overhaul its current headquarters site at Queens Meadow Business Park, in Hartlepool.
And members of the public are being invited to view the proposals on Monday, October 20.
Brigade chiefs say the existing building is no longer viable and therefore plans have been drawn up to replace it with one fit for purpose and also to bring a number of non-operational facilities and resources to one site.
The new Training and Technical Hub will house:
•a learning and development centre
•external training resources
•administration and management services
•technical resources centre
Architectural drawings and artist’s impressions will be available to view at the current headquarters building between 4pm and 7pm, where staff will also be on hand to answer any questions and record any comments members of the public may have.
Chief Fire Officer Ian Hayton said: “This development at our Queens Meadow site is vital to ensure that we can continue to provide the high standard of fire and rescue services that Teesside residents and businesses need in the 21st century.
“We also need to avoid the heavy costs of repairing and maintaining existing buildings that will soon be un-fit for purpose.
“This will be a Centre of Excellence with state-of-the-art training facilities for our firefighters and technical services provision to ensure all our equipment is maintained in top condition.
“Invitations are being sent to local residents, councillors and businesses but we would like anyone who is interested in learning more about our plans and having their say to join us at this event.”
Chair of Cleveland Fire Authority Brian Briggs said, “I would encourage the local community to come along and have their view on the proposed plans for the redevelopment of the Queens Meadow complex and see not only what fantastic facilities it will hold but also its benefits.”