A FIRE station is set to be re-built as part of Cleveland Fire Brigade’s plans to upgrade its buildings.
Work on the new Headland Fire Station, which will be rebuilt on the existing site, in Durham Street, will get underway this year and is planned to be completed by April 2014.
The new station will continue to have one fire engine as it does now, but the plans also involve adding some new community facilities.
Councillor Robbie Payne, chairman of the Cleveland Fire Authority and ward councillor on the Headland, said: “This is fantastic news for the people of this community.
“It’s a great investment made by the fire authority and is a long-term commitment to the delivery of high-class community safety and emergency response services to the people of the Headland.”
The current station on the Headland is expected to be demolished in May or June this year.
A planning application to provide temporary accommodation to house the fire engine and all other equipment has been lodged with Hartlepool Borough Council.
Cleveland Fire Brigade say the new station will continue to be an operational fire station, delivering protection, prevention and an emergency response service.
Ian Hayton, chief fire officer at the brigade, said: “As an emergency service it is important that we continue to provide essential services and meet our standards even while the rebuild of our fire stations is taking place.
“There will be no impact on the community of the Headland, either the residents or the retained firefighters during the rebuild of the new fire station.
“The same excellent service will be delivered from the same site through temporary accommodation for staff and the fire appliance.”