Bishop of Durham blesses new fire station

Councillor Michele Hodgson, chairman of County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, the Rt Revd Paul Butler, the Bishop of Durham and Susan Johnson, chief executive of County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service.

Councillor Michele Hodgson, chairman of County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, the Rt Revd Paul Butler, the Bishop of Durham and Susan Johnson, chief executive of County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service.

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A NEW fire station is in ‘pole position’ after it was officially opened to serve its community.

The Bishop of Durham led the ceremony to launch County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service’s new base in the city.

Senior fire officers join Councillor Michele Hodgson, chairman of County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, fourth left,  Susan Johnson, chief executive of County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service. fourt on the right, and  the Rt Revd Paul Butler, the Bishop of Durham, third on the right.

Senior fire officers join Councillor Michele Hodgson, chairman of County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, fourth left, Susan Johnson, chief executive of County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service. fourt on the right, and the Rt Revd Paul Butler, the Bishop of Durham, third on the right.

Based in Lanchester Road in Sniperley, it replaces the aging station at Framwellgate, and is home to training facilities as well as space for neighbouring community groups.

It has three fire appliances, two full-time and one retained duty system, a targeted response vehicle, an aerial ladder platform and an environmental protection unit.

Located just off the A691 and near the A1, the service say it is strategically situated to access main arterial roads heading to all areas of the county.

Susan Johnson, chief executive of the service, said: “This building is now well positioned to serve those people living and working in Durham as well as visitors to our region for many years to come.

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“These fantastic facilities will allow us to continue to provide an efficient and effective response to incidents, meet the training needs of our firefighters and establish a useful community hub, which local people and groups can use for meetings and events.”

The service’s headquarters are now in Belmont.