New fire station takes shape

Construction is moving forward apace on the new Sleaford fire station. EMN-161112-173230001

Construction is moving forward apace on the new Sleaford fire station. EMN-161112-173230001

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Work is well underway on the new Sleaford fire station on land formerly occupied by the Eastgate Centre.

The state-of-the-art fire station on Eastgate will replace the existing station on Church Lane, which has been operational since 1952. It will house Sleaford’s whole-time firefighters who are part of the county’s Urban Search and Rescue response, and the town’s on-call firefighters. The site will include office space for council staff from the Riverside offices.

The £6m project could take up to 52 weeks to complete, expected to be fully operational by May 2017. It is mainly funded by the sale of the old fire station and the county council’s Riverside site.

Dave Hopkins, resources manager for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, says: “This will allow us to provide the best possible service to the local community as well as being a key site in supporting our countywide response.”