ALCESTER Fire Station has been given a major refurbishment.
A kitchen with mess room, five en-suite bedrooms, a family room, office space and a gym have been added to the Seggs Lane station as part of a switch to a new shift system.
The system – known as Day Crew Plus – is designed to provide a 24-hour emergency response to residents across the area.
It will see firefighters carry out normal working duties from 8am until 8pm and then be on standby at the station from 8pm until 8am.
Fire chiefs hope the new system, which has also been introduced at neighbouring Stratford and Leamington stations, will allow for more flexibility with crews being able to work shifts that are more suitable to them.
The refurbishment project at Alcester cost just over £430,000 and was covered from the council’s capital budget.
Warwickshire Chief Fire Officer, Andy Hickmott said: “We are delighted the improvements to the station have been completed and the crew have an excellent base from which to serve the community.
“This is the second station to be refurbished to accommodate the new shift system and so far, the feedback from our crews has been positive.”
County council safety spokesman, John Horner said: “The refurbishment of Alcester Fire Station marks another stage in a number of improvements we are making as part of a county-wide transformation programme.
“The station has been brought up-to-date to provide a great working environment for our firefighters and I look forward to seeing the benefits that brings.”
And Coun Matt Western, chair of the council’s fire overview and scrutiny committee, added: “This is an upgrade of a whole-time fire station, which will enable firefighters who work there to be more comfortable when using the new shift system.
“This upgrade shows a real commitment to making sure working conditions for our employees are fit for a modern duty system.”
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service has to make cuts of £2.4million as part of the county council’s overall aim to save £92million from its budget by 2018.
Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fireandrescue for further information.