Building work to begin on Exeter's new £2.4million fire station

PUBLISHED: 14:29 14 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:47 10 June 2010

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14 - BUILDING work is set to start on the new £2.4 million fire station for the East of Exeter on an area of land at the police headquarters, Middlemoor.

BUILDING work is set to start on the new £2.4 million fire station for the East of Exeter on an area of land at the police headquarters, Middlemoor.

The new fire station will be in addition to the existing base at Danes Castle, Howell Road, which serves the west of the city.

The two wholetime stations in Exeter will provide three appliances supported by a further two appliances at the retained station in Topsham.

The major investment will mean that the city of Exeter will have two wholetime fire stations for the first time since the end of the Second World War.

The development will include a three-storey accommodation block, garaging for four fire engines, and a training tower.

The service's East Devon headquarters will also move to the Middlemoor site from its current base at Pynes Hill. It is hoped that construction of the new fire station will be completed towards the end of 2009.

Chief fire officer Paul Young said: "This is the culmination of many years of hard work to bring about this project. The new station will give people living in the east area of Exeter vastly improved response times as well as much improved facilities for our firefighters.

"This has been a long process with initial discussions that started eight years ago but I'm pleased to see that all the hard work from the service and others involved in the project will pay off."

The new fire station will be built with direct access onto the Sidmouth Road, opening up the east of the city, where there has been substantial residential and industrial development in recent years, and the county's major road network of the M5 and A38.

Chief Constable Stephen Otter welcomed the new station on site at Middlemoor.

He said: "We're delighted to be working so closely with the fire service on this new development - this is an excellent example of how public services can work in partnership to improve the service we can offer the public.

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