York's new fire station in Kent Street takes shape as work enters final stages

Work begins again at the Kent Street fire station site after the Christmas break

The training tower at the Kent Street fire station takes shape

The vehicle bays at the front of the Kent Street fire station

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FIREFIGHTERS are getting closer to moving into their new base in the centre of York as construction work enters its final stages.

The £2.3 million station on the site of the former Kent Street coach park, next to the Barbican Centre, was designed after North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service said its Clifford Street station was too old and no longer fit for purpose.

The Kent Street base will have a training tower, three vehicle bays and a fire safety office, with local groups being able to use a community room at the site.

It will also house a rescue boat, although only one full-time crewed fire engine will be stationed there – one fewer than the current set-up at Clifford Street.

The other engine will be transferred to the service’s station next to the outer ring road.

The new fire base is expected to be completed next month and become operational by April.

It was opposed by York Civic Trust, York Conservation Trust and the Fire Brigades Union over fears moving one engine away from the city-centre could leave historic buildings in the heart of York at risk if they catch fire. But the service has said the new arrangements will provide better cover for residents in northern York and allow crews to attend crashes more quickly.

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8:59am Wed 8 Jan 14

voiceofnormalpeople says...

so as long as northern York is ok the rest can suffer? why build a new2.3 million pound fire station with 3 engine bays, then lose another engine? may as well have built a smaller station for less money.
so as long as northern York is ok the rest can suffer? why build a new2.3 million pound fire station with 3 engine bays, then lose another engine? may as well have built a smaller station for less money. voiceofnormalpeople
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9:07am Wed 8 Jan 14

Minguel says...

voiceofnormalpeople wrote:
so as long as northern York is ok the rest can suffer? why build a new2.3 million pound fire station with 3 engine bays, then lose another engine? may as well have built a smaller station for less money.
Future proofing
[quote][p][bold]voiceofnormalpeople[/bold] wrote: so as long as northern York is ok the rest can suffer? why build a new2.3 million pound fire station with 3 engine bays, then lose another engine? may as well have built a smaller station for less money.[/p][/quote]Future proofing Minguel
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9:15am Wed 8 Jan 14

yorkie71 says...

voiceofnormalpeople wrote:
so as long as northern York is ok the rest can suffer? why build a new2.3 million pound fire station with 3 engine bays, then lose another engine? may as well have built a smaller station for less money.
Thats exactly what they have done, built a smaller station so they had to move a Fire engine out to Huntington because they couldnt fit them all in.

I seems the only alternative was to get a bigger plot of land was to move even further out of York - Hospital Fields for example would of been perfect or land within the Police Headquarters, but not sure if the land was available to buy/develop.

The old Fire station is crumbling around them and has had no DIY/Modernistation by Fire Service in decades BUT it might make a quite a few quid when sold to developers !!
[quote][p][bold]voiceofnormalpeople[/bold] wrote: so as long as northern York is ok the rest can suffer? why build a new2.3 million pound fire station with 3 engine bays, then lose another engine? may as well have built a smaller station for less money.[/p][/quote]Thats exactly what they have done, built a smaller station so they had to move a Fire engine out to Huntington because they couldnt fit them all in. I seems the only alternative was to get a bigger plot of land was to move even further out of York - Hospital Fields for example would of been perfect or land within the Police Headquarters, but not sure if the land was available to buy/develop. The old Fire station is crumbling around them and has had no DIY/Modernistation by Fire Service in decades BUT it might make a quite a few quid when sold to developers !! yorkie71
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10:12am Wed 8 Jan 14

Dave Ruddock says...

I still wounder that the location is in the worst possible place, narrow street on end almost blocked with traffic, housing close by, so siren noise, loss of appliences, no real training area , local housing,. Of course expanding city, hope the council nad no part lol
I still wounder that the location is in the worst possible place, narrow street on end almost blocked with traffic, housing close by, so siren noise, loss of appliences, no real training area , local housing,. Of course expanding city, hope the council nad no part lol Dave Ruddock
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11:56am Wed 8 Jan 14

JHardacre says...

voiceofnormalpeople wrote:
so as long as northern York is ok the rest can suffer? why build a new2.3 million pound fire station with 3 engine bays, then lose another engine? may as well have built a smaller station for less money.
Because there are 4 presently.

4 - 1 = 3.
[quote][p][bold]voiceofnormalpeople[/bold] wrote: so as long as northern York is ok the rest can suffer? why build a new2.3 million pound fire station with 3 engine bays, then lose another engine? may as well have built a smaller station for less money.[/p][/quote]Because there are 4 presently. 4 - 1 = 3. JHardacre
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5:52am Thu 9 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

It seems the most bizarre place for a fire station though... in the middle of the congested Fishergate Gyratory, by a site that might one day become a hotel, surrounded by houses.

The only possible worse location for it would be next to an institution for people whereby loud noises make them start stabbing things involuntarily!!
It seems the most bizarre place for a fire station though... in the middle of the congested Fishergate Gyratory, by a site that might one day become a hotel, surrounded by houses. The only possible worse location for it would be next to an institution for people whereby loud noises make them start stabbing things involuntarily!! Magicman!
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