Broughton Fire Station is pictured above during the early stages of the work on its refurbishment. Click for pictures of the station's vehicles:
Wholetime Rescue Pump | Retained Rescue Pump | Incident Response Unit Operational Support Unit | Station Car
18 November 2010
Broughton Fire Station is opening its doors to the local community on 30 November following the completion of its 30-week, £800,000 refurbishment.
From 2pm to 5pm, visitors will be able to have a look at the new facilities, meet firefighters and fire safety staff and find out more about the fire and rescue vehicles based at the station.
Earlier in the day, it will be officially opened by Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lord-Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire, in front of guests including Councillor Debbie Brock, Mayor of Milton Keynes; Councillor Cec Tallack, Leader of Milton Keynes Council; David Hill, Chief Executive of Milton Keynes Council; and Pete Winkelman, Chairman of MK Dons.
Members of Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority, led by the Chairman, Councillor David Rowlands, will also be attending, along with Chief Fire Officer Mark Jones and senior officers from Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service.
Five pupils from Monkston Primary School, who were winners and runners-up in the station's recent firework safety competition, will also be going along to receive their prizes.
Station Manager Gary Taylor said: "The work has increased the size of the appliance bays to incorporate further appliances, and given us further office and training facilities and vastly improved disabled access and amenities. We also have a more environmentally-friendly heating system in keeping with current regulations.
"We look forward to seeing as many visitors as possible at our special event and showing them around the new facilities here."
Councillor David Rowlands said: "The station is in a key location as the development of the eastern flank of Milton Keynes progresses, and the likely increase in both industrial risk and population continues. This is why our investment in the refurbishment was so important."
Before the station was opened in 1977, the local community relied on fire engines from neighbouring towns including Newport Pagnell, Bletchley, Woburn Sands and Wolverton. The station was initially day-crewed, with firefighters responding from their nearby homes at night. It was upgraded in 1985 and on-call crews from Woburn Sands and Newport Pagnell were relocated to Broughton in the 1990s.
The station has two fire engines, an Incident Response Unit equipped to provide mass decontamination facilities anywhere the country in times of national crisis, and an Operational Support Unit which attends incidents where firefighters need additional breathing apparatus facilities or where they are likely to come into contact with chemicals.