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Crews move into Leek’s new £3.4 million community fire station

Generic images of fire engines Credit: Barry Batchelor / PA Archive/PA Images

Crews have today moved into Leek’s new £3.4 million community fire station.

The state-of-the-art facility, situated on Springfield Road has replaced the outdated building on the same site, which became operational in 1971.

the new station will help to enable firefighters respond more efficiently and effectively to 21st Century emergencies.

Facilities within the building have also been created specifically with the community in mind and for the use of residents.

Groups and organisations will be encouraged to hold their meetings in specially designated community rooms, creating a hub which will allow greater contact between local people and firefighters who serve the area.


Fire crews dispatched to Leicester factory fire

Six pumps have been dispatched to reports of a factory fire on Ross Walk in Leicester, according to Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service.

Images have emerged of large plumes of smoke coming from a building near Abbey Park.

Flames can be seen Credit: Rick Frisby
Smoke emerging from a building Credit: Henel Joshi
Smoke billows from the building Credit: Henel Joshi

Public consultation on Leicestershire fire station closure starts

Two fire stations are earmarked for closure Credit: ITV News Central

A public consultation into plans to close two fire stations in Leicestershire and replace some fire engines with smaller vehicles begins today.

People have until December to comment on the proposals to close Central and Kibworth stations to save money over the next five years.

Richard Chandler, Chief Fire Officer at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, says they're open to ideas from the public about how to save money.

Report: Leicestershire Fire Service plans closures and possible redundancies

A fire station in the centre of Leicester is one of two which could be closed down to save money. The county's fire and rescue service could also make a number of firefighters redundant.

The plans would see the closure of Central fire station, near the University of Leicester, along with Kibworth, near Market Harborough.

Some firefighters affected by the plans are thought to have found the news out on social media. ITV News Central's Stacey Foster reports.

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