York's new £2.3 million fire station unveiled

NEW FUTURE: Firefighters at the new fire station in York; from left, crew manager Russ Welburn, left,  and firefighters Steve Howley and Andy Daw, with watch manager Carl Vinand. Picture: David Harrison

NEW FUTURE: Firefighters at the new fire station in York; from left, crew manager Russ Welburn, left, and firefighters Steve Howley and Andy Daw, with watch manager Carl Vinand. Picture: David Harrison

First published in News

FIREFIGHTERS will move into a brand new fire station in York next week.

It has cost £2.3 million - and it only came about after protests from an unlikely alliance of conservationists and the firefighters' union.

So what does York's new fire station in Kent Street have to offer?

Firstly, says York station manager Paul Bennett, the space and facilities for training that the old fire station in Clifford's Street has never had.

There's a big training tower, giving firefighters opportunity to practise pitching and climbing ladders and using line rescue equipment for lowering 'casualties.' Then there's a yard, where they can practise unrolling and rolling hoses, and a vehicle compound where they can practise cutting casualties out of old cars.

Inside, there's a training room, mess area, a six-bed dormitory, a series of offices and a community room which local organisations can hire out. And there's even - Bridget Jones take note- a traditional fireman's pole. The site is also flood-free, unlike the old riverside fire station, which was partially inundated in November 2000 and again in September 2012.

There are three vehicle bays - one for a rescue boat and trailer and one for an engine. But Clifford's Street's second engine and an aerial ladder platform will be transferring across to Huntington fire station along with 25 crew members.

York Civic Trust, York Conservation Trust and the Fire Brigades Union opposed this move, claiming medieval timber-framed buildings in the city centre would be at increased risk in a major blaze. But the service responded by saying 31,000 residents in northern York would enjoy better cover and crews would be able to attend crashes more quickly.

The impact of the change will be reviewed in 12 months after completion, with one option remaining for the second engine to return to the city centre.

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9:00am Tue 25 Mar 14

Woody G Mellor says...

We have to have at least one engine in the city centre, along with the boat.
We have to have at least one engine in the city centre, along with the boat. Woody G Mellor
  • Score: -16

9:52am Tue 25 Mar 14

sniper 9964 says...

That road what the station is on suffers badly from traffic congestion
That road what the station is on suffers badly from traffic congestion sniper 9964
  • Score: 6

9:59am Tue 25 Mar 14

Woody G Mellor says...

sniper 9964 wrote:
That road what the station is on suffers badly from traffic congestion
Personally I see very little, if any congestion on Kent Street, and I use the route twice a day Mon-Fri. Also, if there is any congestion I'm pretty sure the traffic will move out of the way once a very large red fire engine with its lights and sirens blaring is behind. Just like anywhere else in our fine city, or any other city come to that.
[quote][p][bold]sniper 9964[/bold] wrote: That road what the station is on suffers badly from traffic congestion[/p][/quote]Personally I see very little, if any congestion on Kent Street, and I use the route twice a day Mon-Fri. Also, if there is any congestion I'm pretty sure the traffic will move out of the way once a very large red fire engine with its lights and sirens blaring is behind. Just like anywhere else in our fine city, or any other city come to that. Woody G Mellor
  • Score: -16

10:26am Tue 25 Mar 14

BY Taxis says...

No mention of the snooker table and volleyball court, what will they do when not asleep in their dorm or out rescuing cats??
No mention of the snooker table and volleyball court, what will they do when not asleep in their dorm or out rescuing cats?? BY Taxis
  • Score: -24

10:43am Tue 25 Mar 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

And how do they keep warm? Is it a gas-powered fire station?
And how do they keep warm? Is it a gas-powered fire station? Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: -2

11:07am Tue 25 Mar 14

BA BOARD1 says...

I believe the serious point that was campaigned at the time of the consultation was that the arial ladder (the engine specifically for tall buildings) was being moved away from the tall buildings and the boat crew who turn out in a matter of seconds on the current site, will encounter significant delays now as they have to travel from Kent Street to where the boat is moored. At the time of the consultation claims where made that the boat would be moved to blue bridge lane so the delay in launching it would be at a minimum. However this has not materialised and its hugely worrying that no one is now accountable for this failing and any river rescue will now be much slower and its fair to say that far more people are dying in the river than in house fires. People gave up their own time to campaign for the good and protection of the people of York, and its sad that the protection that the fire and RESCUE service can now offer the City has been weakened and we are still trying to get a plausible answer as to why this is and has been allowed to happen. People in charge of the Brigade are in the privileged position to be able to affect positive change but predictably their legacy that they will leave, will be a healthy balance sheet at the expense of front line services.
I believe the serious point that was campaigned at the time of the consultation was that the arial ladder (the engine specifically for tall buildings) was being moved away from the tall buildings and the boat crew who turn out in a matter of seconds on the current site, will encounter significant delays now as they have to travel from Kent Street to where the boat is moored. At the time of the consultation claims where made that the boat would be moved to blue bridge lane so the delay in launching it would be at a minimum. However this has not materialised and its hugely worrying that no one is now accountable for this failing and any river rescue will now be much slower and its fair to say that far more people are dying in the river than in house fires. People gave up their own time to campaign for the good and protection of the people of York, and its sad that the protection that the fire and RESCUE service can now offer the City has been weakened and we are still trying to get a plausible answer as to why this is and has been allowed to happen. People in charge of the Brigade are in the privileged position to be able to affect positive change but predictably their legacy that they will leave, will be a healthy balance sheet at the expense of front line services. BA BOARD1
  • Score: -8

11:57am Tue 25 Mar 14

Platform9 says...

I wonder if they were playing the Queen song Bothemian Rhapsody when they took the picture?

"Look up to the sky and see........"
I wonder if they were playing the Queen song Bothemian Rhapsody when they took the picture? "Look up to the sky and see........" Platform9
  • Score: -4

12:46pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

BA BOARD1: "Arial' is a font. 'Aerial' is up in the air. But you make some good points.
BA BOARD1: "Arial' is a font. 'Aerial' is up in the air. But you make some good points. Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 5

1:05pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Ousetunes says...

'Firefighters?'

Look like normal firemen to me.
'Firefighters?' Look like normal firemen to me. Ousetunes
  • Score: -5

1:48pm Tue 25 Mar 14

YorkPatrol says...

Ousetunes wrote:
'Firefighters?' Look like normal firemen to me.
Or strippers
[quote][p][bold]Ousetunes[/bold] wrote: 'Firefighters?' Look like normal firemen to me.[/p][/quote]Or strippers YorkPatrol
  • Score: -3

2:03pm Tue 25 Mar 14

gerry1962 says...

Those of you making fun of them wouldn't last two minutes doing their job - fireFIGHTERS rule!
Those of you making fun of them wouldn't last two minutes doing their job - fireFIGHTERS rule! gerry1962
  • Score: -14

2:31pm Tue 25 Mar 14

mspaddler says...

This is a most bizarre decision. How many 'high rise' buildings are outside the city centre? I live in a city centre property with 8 stories now the ladder crew has to drive an extra 3 miles to get to our building.
This is a most bizarre decision. How many 'high rise' buildings are outside the city centre? I live in a city centre property with 8 stories now the ladder crew has to drive an extra 3 miles to get to our building. mspaddler
  • Score: 4

6:20pm Tue 25 Mar 14

spottycow says...

SOMEBODY HAS DROPPED A CLANGER . HOPE NO PERSON DIES BY THIS STUPID IDEA.
SOMEBODY HAS DROPPED A CLANGER . HOPE NO PERSON DIES BY THIS STUPID IDEA. spottycow
  • Score: -22

8:35pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Remus says...

BY Taxis wrote:
No mention of the snooker table and volleyball court, what will they do when not asleep in their dorm or out rescuing cats??
BY Taxis - still obviously bitter about failing the Fire Service selection tests. Or was it that your ex left you for a fireman?
[quote][p][bold]BY Taxis[/bold] wrote: No mention of the snooker table and volleyball court, what will they do when not asleep in their dorm or out rescuing cats??[/p][/quote]BY Taxis - still obviously bitter about failing the Fire Service selection tests. Or was it that your ex left you for a fireman? Remus
  • Score: -19

9:16pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Now they'll be able to crack on with converting the old fire station into a bar.
Now they'll be able to crack on with converting the old fire station into a bar. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 1

4:12am Wed 26 Mar 14

Magicman! says...

Sticking the fire station in the middle of the congested Fishergate Gyratory, to me, is a teeny tiny bit mental.
Sticking the fire station in the middle of the congested Fishergate Gyratory, to me, is a teeny tiny bit mental. Magicman!
  • Score: 2

11:11pm Wed 26 Mar 14

magicadey says...

Pinza-C55 wrote:
Now they'll be able to crack on with converting the old fire station into a bar.
or Italian restaurant..
[quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: Now they'll be able to crack on with converting the old fire station into a bar.[/p][/quote]or Italian restaurant.. magicadey
  • Score: 1

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