Cleveland Fire Brigade will officially re-open Billingham Community Fire Station after extensive renovation on Thursday 7 November at 11.00am. The station will be re-opened by Councillor Robbie Payne, Chairman of Cleveland Fire Authority and Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer at Cleveland Fire Brigade.
The original Billingham Fire Station was opened by Councillor H.L. McQuillen on Wednesday 19 April 1972, when Cleveland Fire Brigade was known as Teesside Fire Brigade.
The new Billingham Community Fire Station is now a station which meets the needs of a modern fire and rescue service. Not only will it continue to provide fire and rescue services on a 24/7 basis through four watches of wholetime firefighters, it will be a facility for residents to utilise and it will also enable us to further enhance our engagement with the local community
Billingham is also a specialist station, as it houses appliances which are equipped to deal with incidents at the nearby petro-chemical sites. These vehicles include a Detection Identification and Monitoring vehicle, mass decontamination vehicles and HAZMAT (hazardous materials) specialist vehicles. As well as providing fire cover, the station works to reduce the fire risk to residents including Brigade prevention services such as Home Fire Safety Visits and partnership working to help reduce arson and antisocial behaviour.
Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer with Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “This is an exciting new development for the area and our vision for the future of Billingham Community Fire Station is one of flexibility and versatility, so the Brigade can continue to deliver first class services and provide facilities to support local needs.
“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.
Councillor Robbie Payne, Chairman of the Fire Authority, said “It’s an honour to be able to open this new community fire station today, and I am proud to be part of a fire and rescue service building for the future, to ensure the safety of communities across Cleveland going forward.”