Kingswood Fire Station closes temporarily for refurbishment

Artist's impression of Kingswood Fire StationPeople living in the Kingswood area are set to get a newly refurbished fire station, once work to upgrade the current site is complete.

In January Avon Fire & Rescue Service announced its ‘Investing for the Future’ programme, which will include the amalgamation of Kingswood and Speedwell fire stations, which are less than two miles apart.

Today (Tuesday 6 May) staff based at Kingswood Fire Station have moved to Speedwell Fire Station, from where they will respond to 999 calls until the building work is finished.

The work is expected to be completed towards the end of the 2014. Crews will then move back to Kingswood Fire Station and Speedwell Fire Station will close.

Chief Fire Officer Kevin Pearson said: “I would like to reassure people living in the Kingswood area that they will see no changes to our response standards as we will continue to respond to all calls within eight minutes from Speedwell Fire Station during the works.

“Kingswood Fire Station was built in 1969 with everything designed and built in line with the needs of the time. Modern requirements have meant changes to equipment, procedures and appliances.

“The merger with Speedwell Fire Station will mean the introduction of a second fire engine at Kingswood so more space is required, meaning it is necessary to make the changes being undertaken.

“When the newly refurbished Kingswood Fire Station opens it will accommodate more staff and more fire engines, including an Aerial Rescue Pump. There will also be a community room which local groups can use free of charge for meetings and events.

“The plans for Kingswood Fire Station are part of a rationalisation of our services through our ‘Investing for the Future’ programme and will contribute to the overall budgetary savings we need to make by 2016/17.”