Work to build two new fires stations in Sheffield is under way - after fire chiefs, councillors and city MP Clive Betts attended a ceremony to mark the start of the building projects.
The new stations - one off The Parkway and the other at Birley Moor - are due to replace aging stations at Darnall, Intake and Mosborough.
They are expected to open next year.
Chief fire officer James Courtney joined Sheffield Council Leader Julie Dore and South Yorkshire Fire Authority members Jim Andrews, Colin Ross and Jackie Satur at a ceremony to mark the start of the building work.
They were joined by MP Clive Betts, whose constituency will have the new stations.
Mr Betts said: “It’s not very often you get to see new public sector developments so it’s great to see new facilities going up, particularly recognising they are going to provide an excellent service for my constituents. Hopefully they won’t be needed for responding to emergencies too often but nevertheless they are going to be there as security when they are needed.”
Chief Fire Officer Courtney said: “These two new fire stations are central to the provision of our service in south and east Sheffield. They are located in the optimum positions to enable us to respond quickly and effectively to emergency incidents and I look forward to their completion next summer.”
Council Leader Dore said: “We’re pleased that this work to build two new fire stations is now under way. This is about delivering an important public service for the people of Sheffield and keeping them safe, we are pleased to work in partnership with the fire service to do this.”
Coun Andrews added: “Whilst Government cuts to fire services have been severe, this Authority has continually shown that we will invest in new resources for firefighters and the community wherever possible. These new stations are further proof of our commitment to providing resources for the best possible fire service in South Yorkshire.”