New look and community focus for Deeside Fire StationPosted
Major refurbishment works will get underway at Deeside Fire Station, Chester Road,Queensferry this month to create an up to date modern facility to serve the
needs of firefighters and the local community.
Building works are set to start on the 30th of June with completion scheduled
for May 2015.
Deeside Fire Station is a Wholetime Fire Station with four wholetime watches and one retained watch. Firefighters respond to incidents in the Deeside area and beyond, also covering cross border incidents in Cheshire.The current station opened in 1964 and has had little adaption since.
Dawn Docx, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, explained: "We are very excited about the
remodelling which will provide modern facilities for our staff as well as
meeting rooms for the use of community groups and partner agencies. As well as responding to incidents, preventing fires from breaking out in the first place
is a big part of the work of the modern fire and rescue service - so creating
closer links with our community is vital to our work to protect local
Following the acquisition of the adjoining Welsh Ambulance Service NHS
Trust station, the ground floor accommodation on site will be extended with the
party wall to the ambulance station removed, opening up appliance bays to the
rear. The existing building will be re-clad, re-roofed, re-modelled and
extended, and the current fire training house will be demolished and replaced.
Non-operational activities will take place nearest the entrance with the
reception in the current main office.
The refurbishment will also include improved facilities for the Welsh Ambulance
Service, with flexible facilities and a dedicated restroom for ambulance staff,
provided as part of ambulance service plans for the future. The facility will also
have meeting rooms for the use of staff, community groups and partner agencies.
Dawn Docx added: "It's important that we continue to invest in our buildings
for the future as part of our strategy to keep costs down in the long term. The
existing building is fifty years old and does not meet current legislation.
"We want to be more open to the community and we're confident
that the re-modelling will help to create an up to date facility which will
help North Wales Fire and Rescue Service continue to serve the local community now and over the coming decades."