Plans to create two new fire stations in Surrey that would complete a chain of stations across the county are to be discussed by the county council’s Cabinet.
The new stations planned for Salfords and the Burgh Heath area would mean fire engines could be repositioned where they are needed most, rebalancing fire crews to provide a quicker countywide response.
Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety Kay Hammond said: “The demands made of the fire service have changed over time which means today not all of Surrey’s fire stations are in the right position. Creating two new fire stations will help rebalance cover and provide a quicker response time across the county. This will ensure that the fire service is evolving to meet the changing demands of today and the coming years.”
The plan was drawn up as part of the 2011 Public Safety Plan and has been accelerated following West Sussex’s decision to remove its fire engines from its station in Horley. The Cabinet meeting follows Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s 12 week public consultation.
If the Cabinet approves the decision the council will start the process of finding a suitable location for the fire stations. Part of the proposals will see one of the two fire engines currently based at Epsom moved to the Burgh Heath area and one of Reigate’s two appliances switched to Salfords. This will rebalance cover and provide quicker response times countywide.
Until the proposed new Salfords station opens, the fire service will temporarily operate from the current Horley fire station.