The date for Sleaford’s new full-time fire station to be up and running is a little later than first thought.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service have signed the lease for a temporary fire station in the Oakwood industrial estate, formerly the Sleaford Flooring building, off East Road, and from the start of September this will see Sleaford provided with full-time firefighter cover. It had been estimated it might be ready by April.
A spokesman said one full time fire crew will be based at the Sleaford West Fire Station for about two years while a new, purpose-built permanent full-time station is constructed to be ready for 2016.
Sleaford has been selected as part of the new ‘wholetime spine’ of fire stations across the county, aimed at delivering even better response times in emergencies.
Due to space restrictions and age, the current station on Church Lane is not adequate for this style of working, so the temporary base on East Road is needed.
It will house one fire appliance, a van and a speed boat, as Urban Search and Research would also base some of its specialist rescue equipment there. There would also be temporary accommodation units, with en-suite sleeping areas, kitchen and living room for up to seven full-time fire crew. The other fire engine will remain at the site on Church Lane staffed by retained firefighters until both move into the new purpose built station.