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New fire station opens in Oxfordshire

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A new fire station has opened in Carterton in Oxfordshire.

It's the county's 25th station and the first station to open in the area this century.

The new facility at Carterton is operating out of a temporary building until a new state of the art station is built.

The opening means for the first time, a fire engine will be based in the town and enable crews to get to fires more quickly.

It's been welcomed by the community in the wake of cuts to fire services elsewhere.

Pangbourne fire station in Berkshire is to close, while Wargrave station has been given nine months to improve crew levels or face being shut down.

It has been two years since Wiltshire and Dorset fire services merged to save money.

Crews here will work alongside those at Burford, Bampton and Witney.

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