A new fire station in Medway has announced its opening date
The second of two new fire stations protecting the people of Medway is set to open next week.
The new Chatham fire station replaces the former building in Watling Street, and will begin operations on Thursday, March 23.
The old station was more than 60 years old and though it was in a good location, it needed extensive repair and refurbishment.
As it was on an oversized plot, it was decided the most practical option was to build a new station next to it.
The old building remained in use while the new one was built, and now the remainder of the site will be sold.
The new station, which became operational last month, has one fire engine and one incident support vehicle. It is open 24 hours a day and will be a base for twenty two firefighters and managers.
It is also home to the Kent Fire and Rescue Service Water Services Team and the Technical Fire Safety Team, which supports businesses.
The building follows the one at Marconi Way, Rochester, which opened last year.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service Chairman Cllr Nick Chard said: “I am very pleased to announce the official opening of Chatham’s fire station. It is the second of two new fire stations serving the Medway towns that has been opened in the last year.
“It gives us a base that is fit for purpose for modern day appliances and equipment, as well as being more energy efficient than the former station.
“I believe this is a very real demonstration of our commitment to provide a good level of emergency response for local people, providing an effective base for our firefighters to help keep local people safe for years to come.”