The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be opening Lynn’s new £2 million fire station next month.
Her Majesty will be unveiling a plaque to commemorate the grand opening of the South Lynn Fire Station, in Horsleys Field, on Monday, February 2.
The new station will soon be operational and is hoped reduce response times for crews attending emergencies in the town and surrounding areas.
It can house up to three fire engines or other vehicles as well as accommodating other emergency services. The intention is to also make the building available to county and district council staff.
Chief fire officer Nigel Williams said: “The new station is situated less than seven miles from the Sandringham Estate so we are delighted that Her Majesty and His Royal Highness are able to join us and are honoured that they will formally open the station.
“The new station will provide a welcome boost to the Fire and Rescue Service and more importantly to the residents of Norfolk. With the current financial pressures on all public services, it is reassuring that the county council and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service are still committed to improving the safety and service to the people of Norfolk.”
On February 2, the Royal couple will be greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, Richard Jewson before being introduced to Mr Williams and some of the Lynn firefighters. Fire service cadets and members of the Princes Trust Programme will also meet the couple.
Mr Williams will then invite Her Majesty and His Royal Highness to sign a portrait for display in the station.
Norfolk County Council has funded the station, along with improving training facilities at the existing station in North Lynn.
Station manager Bob Ayers said: “The official opening of the South Lynn Station gives us the opportunity to showcase some of the work we do in the west of the county.
“The new station will be home to the Technical Rescue Unit and Surface Rescue Boat which was deployed to assist with flooding along the West Norfolk Coast during the tidal surge of December 2013, and also in Windsor during the widespread flooding in early 2014.”
The ambulance service will also be using the new station.
Matt Broad, EEAST Locality Director for Norfolk, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire, said: “I’m delighted that we will be using the new fire station in Lynn as a response post for one of our rapid response vehicles, which will help to improve response times in South Lynn.
“We are working with all the fire services in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to explore ways we can work more closely together for the communities we serve.”
The Duke of Edinburgh will also open the South Creake Memorial Pavilion on February 3.