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New home for King’s Lynn firefighters on track for opening in the autumn

Building work underway on the New Fire Hq at Horsley's Fields King's Lynn ANL-140423-163343001

Building work underway on the New Fire Hq at Horsley's Fields King's Lynn ANL-140423-163343001

Lynn’s second fire station is starting to take shape as building work progresses.

Lynn’s second fire station is starting to take shape as building work progresses.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue is spending £1.5 million on constructing a new station in Horsley’s Field, which is due to be operational by the end of the year.

The service says the town needs a second station in the South Lynn area due to increasing residential and industrial development.

Some of the firefighters from the town’s current station in Kilhams Way, North Lynn, will be moving over to the new site, which is due to be fully constructed in October.

Station manager Tim Edwards is looking forward to seeing the finished station.

He said: “We are pleased with the progress of building work. We are on track to open by the end of the year and things are progressing really well.

“We have made some improvements following the lessons learned from the fire at Downham and a sprinkler system will be added throughout.

“Both stations will cover the whole town, while it will give us better cover for the Middleton, the Winches and Magdalen areas.”

The current station has four watches with 12 officers on each shift.

Once the new station is operational, the watches will be split, which could help to boost response times to villages surrounding the town due to its easy access to Hardwick Road and the A47

Mr Edwards said: “Moving half the resources from North Lynn to South Lynn will improve response times in that area.

“It does take time to get across town, but as the new station is in Horsley’s Field, we will be able to get out onto the main road. It is not a significant problem.

“There is a lot of development of South Lynn and in the long term plenty more houses are going to be built in that area.”

The town’s water rescue unit will be based at the new station.

Plans to build a second station in Lynn went through public consultation three years ago and the bid was given the green light by Norfolk County Councillors in 2012.

 
 
 

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