CONSTRUCTION crews are pressing ahead with work on a new Sunderland fire station.
A turf-cutting ceremony at the Marley Park facility, in Marley Pots, took place yesterday, with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Fire Authority chairman, Tom Wright, doing the honours.
ISG Construction is building the station, which is set to replace Fulwell fire station.
Coun Wright said: “I am honoured and delighted to perform the turf-cutting ceremony for the new Marley Park Community Fire Station.
“This new, modern station is great news for the local community, providing an excellent base for our firefighters, as well as facilities for the local community in the heart of the community it serves.”
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service revealed its intention to relocate its community fire station from Fulwell to the Southwick area about five years ago.
As well as providing emergency fire and rescue cover, the station will also have a community safety facility where members of the public can “drop-in” to get free fire safety advice.
Assistant chief fire officer Joy Brindle, said: “The replacement of Fulwell fire station has been a key part of our plans for a number of years.
“Whilst Fulwell station has served us well over the years, due to its age, condition, location and restrictions on the site, it does not provide the best environment for today’s modern fire service. Over the years we have, and will continue to, involve the local community in the development of the station.”
It has not yet been decided what will happen to Fulwell fire station once Marley Park becomes operational.