Oakham fire station’s £1.8m revamp is celebrated

From left, chairman of the combined fire authority Steve Corrall, High Sheriff of Rutland Trish Ruddle, chief fire and rescue officer Dave Webb, chairman of Rutland County Council Coun Charlotte Vernon (Con), Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Laurence Howard and station manager Tim Hiskens.
From left, chairman of the combined fire authority Steve Corrall, High Sheriff of Rutland Trish Ruddle, chief fire and rescue officer Dave Webb, chairman of Rutland County Council Coun Charlotte Vernon (Con), Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Laurence Howard and station manager Tim Hiskens.
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Oakham fire station’s £1.8m redevelopment was celebrated at a ceremony last week.

Dignitaries from across Rutland joined firefighters to see the revamped facility in South Street on Thursday.

Oakham fire station following the development.

Oakham fire station following the development.

The work, which started in September last year, includes a new kitchen, dining room, gym, office and training areas.

The work has been carried out to give firefighters better facilities as the services introduces a new system called Day Crewing Plus. As part of this there are fewer full-time firefighters but they work 24-hour shifts.

The move will help the service save £400,000 a year.

Guests who attended the opening included the High Sheriff of Rutland Trish Ruddle, Rutland County Council chairman Charlotte Vernon, the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Laurence Howard, chairman of the combined fire authority Steve Corrall and chief fire and rescue officer Dave Webb, as well as fire station manager Tim Hiskens.

Mr Hiskens said: “The redevelopment is very good for the people that work there and it provides a long term future for staff with facilities to go forward with. We’ve now go everything that’s needed for a fire station where officers can work 24-hour shifts.

“We’re very optimistic that we’ve got a working base for many years to come.”

The number of full time firefighters working at the station has reduced from 28 to 14. Staff no longer working there have been transferred to other stations.

Head of community response for the authority Shaun O’Donnell said the move will not affect emergency response times or the level of service.

He said: “The redevelopment will enable the service to alter the duty system operating out of the facility.

“This will not affect the way in which we provide an emergency response to the community. But what it will mean is that in the long term it will cost the tax payer less to provide the same excellent service we currently provide.”