THE chairman of Cleveland Fire Authority hailed the “first class facility fit for a first class service” at the official re-opening of a community fire station.
The renovated Billingham Community Fire Station, in Seal Sands Road, was opened yesterday by fire authority chairman, Councillor Robbie Payne and chief fire officer Ian Hayton.
The new-look station has been developed as a facility for residents to utilise as the brigade looks to further enhance its engagement with the local community.
Coun Payne, a Labour representative in the Headland and Harbour ward, said: “The refurb has brought the station in-line with the 21st Century and it’s looking great.
“It’s a modern first class facility fit for a first class service.”
The brigade say the revamped station meets the needs of a modern fire and rescue service. The station also houses specialist appliances to deal with incidents at the nearby petro-chemical sites.
Mr Hayton said: “We see this station being at the heart of the community and members of the public will be able to utilise the facility.
“It will also enable us to work more closely with and support industry and business.”