Firefighters have begun responding to 999 calls from South Yorkshire’s newest fire station for the first time.
The new two storey, three bay Barnsley fire station was completed earlier this month and went operational yesterday (Tuesday 17 August).
The energy efficient building on Broadway, Kingstone replaces the 60-year-old fire station on the same site which had reached the end of its operational life.
Firefighters had been housed in a temporary facility off-site whilst the year-long construction of the new station was completed.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Tony Carlin, said: “This is a really special day, as the new station has been several years in the planning and represents part of our vision to provide all our firefighters with modern, comfortable and energy efficient spaces in which to live and work.
“The new station has been completed to a very high specification and with the wishes of the firefighters who will work there taken into account at every stage. It has been paid for using money set aside from the Authority’s reserves and we expect it to provide an outstanding service to the people of Barnsley for many years to come.”
An existing unused building adjacent to the fire station will be re-purposed and upgraded to host the service’s award-winning Princes Trust Team Programme initiative as well as providing space to hold events and meetings and bookings from community groups.
Energy saving measures at the new fire station include low energy, LED lighting with motion sensors and an air source heat pump.
The investment forms part of a wider, short to medium term approved plan to invest in the fire service’s property estate, with around £8 million being set aside from its reserves to modernise and improve its estate.
Bond Bryan acted as architects for the project, with JF Finnegans acting as contractors.