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ROUND UP: Official opening of Guildford Fire Station; Still time to apply for community cash

Official opening of Guildford Fire Station 

The official opening of a new fire station in Guildford will take place this Friday (26 June) with a host of guests attending including HRH The Duke of Gloucester, Surrey Chairman Sally Marks and Cabinet Associate for Community Safety Services Kay Hammond.

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The new Guildford Fire Station will be officially opened by the Duke of Gloucester on Friday. Click image to download.

The station, based at Ladymead, includes better training facilities and has been designed to allow firefighters to respond to emergencies as quickly as possible; a behind the scenes tour of the building can be viewed here.

Mrs Hammond said: “This state-of-the-art new fire station not only has the capacity to deal with day-to-day call-outs but can also be used as a centre to coordinate the service’s response to major incidents, making it a facility for the whole county.

“The building has been cleverly designed to allow firefighters to get out of the door and on their way to emergencies as quickly as possible and also features better training facilities for firefighters to hone their techniques for rescuing casualties at road accidents, further enhancing the life-saving capabilities of Surrey Fire and Rescue Service.”

The media are invited to attend the event, which begins at 12.30pm, and those wishing to do so should contact Surrey County Council’s press office by emailing laura.downton@surreycc.gov.uk or calling 020 8541 7259 by midday on Thursday at the latest.

Still time to apply for community cash

There is still time for community groups to apply for cash from Surrey County Council to improve their local areas.

Groups have until 22 July to submit their applications for £500,000 available from the Community Improvements Fund.

The fund was launched by Surrey leader David Hodge to supports residents’ efforts to make a lasting difference in their communities.

Details of how to bid for between £10,000 and £30,000 can be found on the county council’s website together with an application form.

The fund has already helped more than 80 community groups with previous projects including an outdoor gym near Stoneleigh, a skate park near Puttenham and a community shop at Strood Green.

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