Two multi-million pound fire stations have opened in Sheffield – replacing three which have been closed.
The new stations at Birley Moor and beside Sheffield Parkway replace stations in Darnall, Mansfield Road and Mosborough.
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue says the changes will ‘provide a better service to the community, particularly to the south-east Sheffield area’.
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Area Manager Phil Shillito, head of emergency response, 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.
“The stations at Darnall, Mansfield Road and Mosborough have been part of our communities for more than half a century, but their lives as working fire stations had come to an end and it’s time to turn to an exciting new chapter in the provision of our core, emergency response service.
“The facilities highlight, in spite of a challenging economic backdrop, our relentless commitment to providing the best possible fire cover to the people of Sheffield and beyond.”
n Fire chiefs have refuted claims two £500,000 appliances which were condemned and sold for just £75,000 for the pair were a waste of money.
Bosses said the Combined Aerial Rescue Pumps ‘did not meet expectations’, but saved the brigade money ‘compared to the cost of procurement’ since they were bought and the service has made £1.25 million cuts per year since 2011.