Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra has officially opened Lancaster’s new Community Fire and Ambulance Station.
The Princess visited the station this afternoon (Wednesday 29 May) and met fire and ambulance crews before unveiling a commemorative plaque to mark the official opening.
Group Manager Mark Hutton, Community Protection Manager for North Lancashire at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We are deeply honoured that HRH Princess Alexandra has officially opened Lancaster’s new Community Fire and Ambulance Station.
“The new station is the culmination of four years’ hard work and sees fire and ambulance staff jointly accommodated in state-of-the-art facilities on the same site. Working and training so closely together naturally improves everyone’s professional practice and leads to both performance improvement and financial efficiencies for the communities we serve, not just when we respond to emergencies but also in our continuing efforts to make our district safer through the work of our community teams.
“We’re really pleased that the new facility now includes a fully accessible community room, something the old station just couldn’t accommodate, which allows the Service to run The Prince’s Trust in Lancaster.”
The new station involved the phased demolition of the original 1970’s fire station, the refurbishment and occupation of a former council building next door, and the building of a new structure incorporating fire appliance room and ambulance bays.
Acting Cumbria and Lancashire Head of Service for NWAS, Ian Walmsley, said: “It was fantastic to welcome so many guests to our Community Fire and Ambulance Station and we are honoured that HRH Princess Alexandra officially opened the new facility.
“Our previous station has served us well over the years but was no longer fit for purpose. The new modern building gives us additional space and comfort and although we already work very closely with our fire and rescue colleagues in Lancaster, this move will only strengthen our relationship with them.”
Princess Alexandra toured the station and met members of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, including Fire Cadets and The Prince’s Trust, and North West Ambulance Service. Guests included the Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth; the High Sheriff of Lancashire, The Hon Ralph Assheton TD DL; the Mayor of Lancaster, Councillor David Whitaker; and the Chair of Lancashire Combined Fire Authority, Councillor Frank DeMolfetta.
A fully accessible community room, which accommodates approximately 20 people, is available for use by local community groups. For more information call Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service on 01524 541689.
View our photo album of the event here.