Yaxley firefighters preparing for station move

The fire crews outside their station:  Mark Malonie, Phil Coates, Ashley Mc Mullon, Perry Walton, Linford Desborough, Rob Ratcliffe, and John Cox Stn Commander

The fire crews outside their station: Mark Malonie, Phil Coates, Ashley Mc Mullon, Perry Walton, Linford Desborough, Rob Ratcliffe, and John Cox Stn Commander

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Yaxley firefighters have relocated to allow redevelopment work to start on the crew’s new fire station.

On-call firefighters from the Huntingdonshire village officially moved to the temporary site in Enterprise Court, Eagle Business Park, Yaxley, yesterday (September 1), and will remain there until the build of new fire station is complete.

Planning permission has been granted for Yaxley Fire Station to be rebuilt in its existing Main Street location, and Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has been busy preparing the temporary site for the past few months, ready to relocate the crew while the construction is carried out.

Kevin Napier, Station Commander at Yaxley, said: “The crew and Service have been working very hard to make sure the shift to the temporary site went as smoothly as possible and we’re happy the crew is operational and ready to turn out from the Enterprise Court location.

“The on-call service provided by the residents and workers in and around Yaxley is an important part of the operational response we provide across the county. We hope that by investing in the redevelopment of Yaxley Fire Station it will turn an out-of-date station into a modern, well-utilised building and more functional station for our firefighters.

A lecture room, office, welfare facilities and bay with space for one fire engine are included in the plans, which also feature a new smoke house training facility to replace the existing drill tower at the back of the plot. It is anticipated construction will begin on the new fire station this autumn and be completed by the end of next year (2016).