New community fire station opens in Hexham

02 Feb 2017

The new community fire station for Hexham is now open.

The new facility has been built at the Hexham General Hospital site and replaces the existing fire station on the Tyne Mills Industrial Estate.

The £2.2 million community fire station houses two fire appliances to serve Hexham and surrounding areas, along with a Swift Water Rescue unit and facilities available to the local community.

The scheme was carried out by Northumberland County Council in partnership with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which manages the hospital.

Councillor David Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council with responsibility for the fire and rescue service, said: “We’re delighted that work is complete on this new fire station which will be a real asset to the local community.

“The existing fire station has served Hexham for many years but was no longer fit to support the needs of a modern fire and rescue service.

“In addition to being better value of money for the Northumberland tax payer, relocating the fire station allows the fire and rescue service to work in closer partnership with other key public service providers which in turn will improve the facilities on offer to the community.”

Steven Bannister, director of estates and facilities at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We’re pleased that work is complete and the new Hexham fire station is now operational.

“The project is a great example of our trust and the council working in partnership to benefit the local community.”

Although now operational, the new fire station will be officially opened in the coming weeks.