Plans outlined for new Downham fire station

Major fire at Downham Fire Station UGC ANL-140313-103239001
Major fire at Downham Fire Station UGC ANL-140313-103239001
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Downham Market could get a new fire station as part of a scheme for emergency services to work closer, if plans are given the green light.

It comes two years after the former fire station was destroyed by a fire caused by an electrical fault in an appliance.

The plans suggest that the existing buildings on the site at Ryston Close be demolished, and a new three-bay fire station and training tower erected.

In addition to this, the application proposes a sprinkler tank, additional car parking spaces and a temporary mobile unit – to be used until the new facility is finished – to be constructed.

If the plans go ahead, then according to documents supporting the application, this will aid the government’s drive for “much closer working between blue light partners”.

It goes on to say “Downham Market is likely to see its role develop to include other specialist vehicles over time. In addition, the greater need for blue light collaboration is seeing Ambulance, Police and Coast Guard working closer together.”

The former fire station was built on the site in 2006, after it moved from its previous Paradise Road home.

Since the blaze gutted the station in March 2014, the service has used a temporary vehicle store with offices in an unused part of the adjacent police station.

The application states, however, that “to deliver proper fire and rescue services, a replacement fire station is required.