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£5.5m Dearne Valley fire station opening day set

posted 23 Sep 2010, 01:26 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 23 Sep 2010, 01:31 ]
A new £5.5m fire station, which has replaced two former sites in the Dearne Valley will be officially opened next week.

The new Dearne Community Fire Station in Manvers Way, Rotherham has replaced former stations in Mexborough and Brampton. It has cost South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue £5.5m and will house four fire engines, the sites proxmity to the Dearne Valley Parkway allows quick access to communities across the Dearne Valley.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service's chief fire officer, Mark Smitherman, said: "We are delighted with our new purpose-designed building here in the Dearne. The facilities offer an excellent base for the firefighters, who provide the community with a first-class emergency response service.

"It not only offers considerable operational benefits and community facilities but its environmental features will greatly increase the sustainability of this important building for decades to come."

The 3.5 acre fire station, which was built by North Midland Building Ltd, will also be home to a state-of-the-art training facility for the fire service's Technical Rescue Unit. There will also be a community room for local residents to use for meetings and events.

The chairman of the South Yorkshire Fire Authority, Jim Andrews, said: "This is a significant development for the people within the Dearne Valley.

"The new station will not only provide first-class facilities for the community, but give the fire service the means to meet our targets in emergency response times for this part of South Yorkshire.

"Providing our firefighters with the most modern facilities will ultimately facilitate a first-class service the public deserve."

North Midland Building's managing director, Mike Catlin, added: "With the facility offering services and use to the local community as well as fire protection, it is even more pleasing that local residents will also benefit from and enjoy the use of the development."

The leader of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Roger Stone OBE, will officially open the new fire station on Friday, October 1st.