General, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service

New Guildford fire station

A new fire station for Guildford came a step closer after Surrey County Council’s Cabinet agreed that a planning application should be submitted.

The plan is to build a state-of-the-art new building on land at Ladymead in Guildford that will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The new building will include better training facilities, particularly for honing rescue techniques at road accidents. The locations of the rooms, stairways, doors and corridors will all be designed to allow firefighters to respond to emergencies as quickly as possible.

Kay Hammond, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “By investing in a new fire station we’ll be helping Surrey Fire and Rescue Service keep people safe. Seconds count in an emergency and a cleverly designed building will allow firefighters to respond even quicker.

“The new building will also reflect the changing demands made of our firefighters. For example, these days they are called to more road accidents than in the past so providing better training facilities to practise rescue techniques could help save lives.”

The new fire station will also feature better working conditions for firefighters as well as areas that could be used to give Surrey residents safety advice.

The planning application is due to be submitted by the end of the year. If all goes to plan, Guildford’s new fire station could be built and up and running by the summer of 2013.

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For more information journalists can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley at james.oxley@surreycc.gov.uk

Notes to editors

Surrey County Council performs the role of Surrey Fire Authority.

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