New fire station will be at the heart of the community

AN EXCITING new chapter will start for people in Redcar on Friday 9 September with the official opening of the new Redcar Community Fire Station and Centre of Excellence for Children and Young People.

The old fire station on the Trunk Road has been rebuilt to create not only a modern, state-of-the-art fire station but also a Centre of Excellence which will be used by a range of partner organisations to help children and young people across the Redcar and Cleveland area.

By creating a one-stop-shop for support services, the centre will help young people to make a positive contribution to their community through projects to:

  • raise their aspirations and increase their achievements
  • improve their health and wellbeing
  • reduce crime and anti-social behaviour
  • help them to become more involved in their community and give them a greater sense of empowerment

The new building – which includes a suite of community meeting and training rooms as well as a gynamsium, multi-sports activity room and clinic– has cost £1.4m, with funding coming from the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership, Cleveland Fire Brigade, the Primary Care Trust and the Youth Capital Fund Plus.

Cleveland Fire Brigade’s partners in the project are Cleveland Police, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, Safe in Tees Valley, NHS Redcar and Cleveland, Redcar and Cleveland Primary Care Trust and Redcar and Cleveland Children’s Trust.

People of all ages are invited to come along on Friday 9 September between 1.00pm and 5.00pm to see the new fire station and centre for themselves and enjoy a host of activities especially organised for the event.

There will be advice on how to stay safe at home and on the road, a chance to explore boxing for keeping fit, refreshments, information displays by the project partners, demonstrations of the dangers of chip pan fires and how the emergency services tackle road collisions, and rugby and football on the centre’s multi-use games area (MUGA).

Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer for Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “This is a tremendously exciting new development for the area and a proud day for all the partners who have made this innovative project a reality.

“We hope this new Community Fire Station will be seen as a beacon to the local community from where we will deliver our critical life-saving and life-changing services. These building developments will not only vastly improve the accommodation and working conditions for Firefighters and staff thereby enabling them to deliver better safety services, but will enable the fire and rescue service to work with partners to deliver young people’s services and provide the best possible life chances for the young people of the area. 

Jean O’Donnell, Chairman of Cleveland Fire Authority, added: “Every young person should be able to live a healthy, safe, happy and fulfilled life, free from poverty and with the best possible opportunities to learn, expand their personal horizons and realise their ambitions.

“This splendid new facility will play an integral part in that and will, I am sure, become an important cornerstone of the community.”