New fire station gets royal approval - The Worcester Observer

New fire station gets royal approval

Worcester Editorial 25th Nov, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016   0

WORCESTER firefighters welcomed HRH the Duke of Gloucester to the city’s new multi-million pound fire station.

His Royal Highness attended the formal opening of the McKenzie Way site on Thursday (November 19), when he took a tour of the new station, met the new firefighters and viewed the extensive range of equipment they use.

He was greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Lt Col Patrick Holcroft, Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates and Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority chairman Coun Derek Prodger.

The new training rig was brought to life as firefighters filled the rig with smoke and carried out a rescue demonstration for the Duke.

The demonstrations continued with a display from the Urban Search and Rescue team and His Royal Highness rode on the aerial ladder platform used for firefighting and carrying out rescues at height.

During his visit, the Duke met the Community Risk team from HWFRS, volunteers from the Red Cross and West Midlands Search and Rescue and Project Manager Alex Fuller from Place Partnership Ltd, who explained the build process.

The visit concluded with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.

Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates said: “It has truly been an honour to welcome His Royal Highness to the new Worcester Fire Station and to have obtained his royal approval.

“We are immensely proud of the new station and, more importantly, what it means for the local community.

“Not only is the station far more efficient, but the new training facility also enables our firefighters to train for all kinds of scenarios thus increasing our ability to deliver the best service we can to the communities we serve,” he added.

Firefighters transferred to the new station, which comes complete with state of the art training facilities, earlier in the year.

The building also has provision for the Young Firefighters Association and has multi-use lecture facilities.


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