NEW fire stations for the Hartlepool area will be “state-of-the-art” premises with facilities that the public can use.
That was the promise from fire chiefs as they revealed more details of the plans for a £22m building project.
The scheme stretching over four years will see four new fire stations developed as well as a new headquarters for the Cleveland Fire Authority to be based in Hartlepool.
Today, Cleveland Fire Brigade chief fire officer Ian Hayton said: “Despite the financial squeeze being placed on the Brigade, it is so important that we continue to invest for the future to ensure that we have facilities which are fit for the 21st century.”
Mr Hayton added: “This isn’t just about replacing old buildings with new ones. It is about creating state-of-the-art fire stations incorporating a wide range of community facilities for local people to use.
“There will be meeting rooms, activities for children and young people and we are also working closely with our partner organisations to deliver other services to meet the needs of our communities.
“We will also be consulting fully with local people and the wider community on individual schemes every step of the way to ensure that their views are taken into account.”
The stations to be re-developed are the Headland as well as Middlesbrough, Thornaby and Grangetown.
The first phase starts in September when staff from the existing Middlesbrough station will be moved out for work to start.
Mr Hayton said: “The ‘retained’ Headland Fire Station is almost 50 years old and is coming to the end of its working life which is why it is a high priority on our building replacement programme.”
Towards the middle of next year, work will begin on the new Hartlepool headquarters building, which will become the administrative home.