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Your views sought on plans for new £6.7million fire station in Coventry

Postby dutchman » Wed Mar 02, 2016 4:18 pm

This what Coventry’s new £6.7million fire station could look like.

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Members of the public are invited to attend a viewing of the architect’s plans at the existing fire station in Radford Road.

The consultation will take place on today and tomorrow between 2pm and 7pm.

West Midlands Fire Service hope that the new station will improve the services offered by firefighters.

It will also be used as an ambulance base.

The Radford Road station was built in 1976 and fire service bosses say it is no longer fit for purpose.

According to a pamphlet distributed to locals, the proposed changes will lead to quicker overall response times and make the service more accessible to members of the public.

No appointment is needed to attend the event.

All comments and questions are welcomed and can be submitted by phone to 0121 380 6067 or by email to consultation@wmfs.net

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It looks like one of the houses on Grand Designs! :roll:
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Re: Your views sought on plans for new £6.7million fire station in Coventry

Postby dutchman » Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:38 pm

Plans approved for new 21st century fire station in Coventry city centre

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The current fire station in Radford Road

A new fire station is to be built in the heart of Coventry.

City councillors last night unanimously approved plans to demolish and rebuild the HQ in Radford Road.

Fire chiefs say the current facilities, which were built in the 1970s, no longer meet the needs of a modern fire service.

Work to demolish the existing station will start in September with crews working from temporary buildings on the same site.

The new station will take 18 months to build.

Currently, the building is a three-storey red brick building that sits back just off the corner of the ring road and Radford Road, and provides little in the way of training facilities.

The new building will be two storeys and will provide offices, changing facilities, kit room, rest room, a gym, kitchen and dining room, community meeting rooms and a reception area.

There will also be a completely separate building dedidated for training.

Ben Diamond, who was at the planning meeting on behalf of West Midlands Fire Service, said the new facility would help firefighters get the top quality training they need in preparation for real-life situations.

He said: “We do have a good building, it is the only one in the country with a basement to provide practise for basement fires.

“But we need a building that will allow us to do more than that.

“We train with real fires, the building will let us set up different environments such as factories as well as houses.

“But at the minute, it’s not fit for purpose and doesn’t fit in for our day to day service.

“Ideally, the aim is to provide a community fire station which will be open to the public and create an inviting and welcoming environment.”

The station’s smokehouse will stay, and will just be refurbished, with just minor alterations to windows and doors.

It will sit behind the new training building, which will be located behind the new station.

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The Telegraph has a funny definition of "city centre". :roll:
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Re: Your views sought on plans for new £6.7million fire station in Coventry

Postby dutchman » Mon Sep 12, 2016 2:58 pm

Coventry fire station will be demolished in October

It’s out with the old and in with the new after West Midlands Fire Service announced the closing date of Radford Fire Station.

The city centre fire hub will close its doors on October 31 for the final time before the outdated building is replaced with a new station which will aim to meet the needs of a modern fire service.

But residents should not worry about a lack of firefighter coverage in the period between the old building being demolished and the new one being erected. The Telegraph understands that crews based will be based at the former ambulance station in Foleshill Road.

Before the site closes for the refurbishment, bosses at the city centre station have organised an open day on Saturday, September 24.

Visitors will be given to chance to look around the fire station before it is torn down and replaced with a more modern building.

Firefighters currently working at the station hope this will be their biggest open day yet with a road traffic collision demonstration, hose drills, live fire demonstrations, food, a bouncy castle and much more.

In June, city councillors last night unanimously approved plans for the new facility.

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Re: Your views sought on plans for new £6.7million fire station in Coventry

Postby dutchman » Fri May 31, 2019 7:17 pm

Coventry's historic Radford Road fire station to re-open this weekend after rebuild

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COVENTRY’S historic Radford Road fire station will finally re-open this weekend after being rebuilt.

Following an opening ceremony for invited guests, the site will be staging a road safety awareness day from 12pm until 4pm on Sunday (June 2), to coincide with the city’s two-day MotoFest.

It replaces the old station which was more than 40 years old and was demolished in March 2017.

The new station is a community fire station which encourages public involvement and is available 24/7.

It will be fitted with a state-of-the-art ‘turnout’ system which is designed to boost response times in emergencies.

It is a system of audible alarms and lights designed to alert firefighters as quickly as possible to the incident type and location – all as they’re heading to the vehicles.

Group commander for Coventry and Solihull Richard Stanton said: “We’re very proud of our new station.

“We’re now looking at displaying their initial route on screens by the engine bay doors, which they’ll see as they mobilise.

“The station includes a large, dedicated space for community use which is complemented by another area currently being used by a partner organisation.

“The gym facilities will also be available for initiatives with health agencies.

“Our fire cadets used to be limited to a standalone area of the old station, but a great advantage of the new one is that they’re now integrated with our operational crews.”

When crews return from an incident, firefighters enter a ‘dirty’ kit cleaning and drying area before a ‘clean’ zone where they get fresh kit before reaching the station’s office areas. The kit heating system has also been upgraded.

Chief fire officer Phil Loach said: “The evidence reaffirmed that the existing site was optimum for achieving our risk-based, five-minute response time.

“That response standard is at the heart of the new station’s design.

“We know from our studies of reaction times that seconds do count, so the functional and most-used spaces are nearest to the engine house.”

Further improvements to the station’s pre-existing fire house should be completed by Spring 2020.

Visitors this weekend will be able to tour the new fire station and watch firefighters giving demonstrations of how they rescue people from car crashes and give first aid. Advice will also be available on the safe fitting of child car seats.

There’ll be a visit from a fire investigation dog and a fire motorbike will also be on display.

Would-be firefighters aged 16 and over can attend a pre-recruitment talk at 1pm.

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"Historic"? :rolling:
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