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Firefighters serving communities in Hereford and Worcester have moved into a brand new fire station delivered by St. Modwen at its Great Western Business Park, Worcester.

The UK’s leading regeneration specialist built the 20,000 sq ft bespoke facility on behalf of the Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS). The new low carbon accommodation includes purpose-built training facilities and will transform the working practices at the station base for the crews.

HWFRS was given the keys to its new home earlier this week and its operational teams are now functioning from the purpose-built premises. HWFRS had previously been based at the Fire Station in Copenhagen Street in the city centre for approximately 70 years.

Great Western Business Park benefits from its central location, just off Tolladine Way and close to Worcester city

Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates said “The new Worcester Fire Station is a fantastic improvement for the Service and the improved training facilities will help us continue to deliver first-class firefighting and rescue services to the communities we serve.”/p>

Chairman of the Fire Authority, Derek Prodger MBE, added: “I’m delighted that the Fire Authority has been able to provide this much needed new facility for the firefighters at Worcester. Ensuring our staff have the best facilities has been an aim of this Authority and I’m pleased that with the Chief Fire Officer’s team we have been able to deliver”.

Jonathan Green, development surveyor at St. Modwen, said: “Great Western Business Park offers HWFRS a secure, centrally located facility that will allow the crews to provide a greatly improved service for the region. St. Modwen has a track record of working with the emergency services in providing similar bespoke high specification buildings in the strategic locations required.”