FIREFIGHTERS and borough staff from Greater Manchester
Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) are now up and running in the new
Rochdale Community Fire Station.
White Watch crews were the first to work from the station on
Halifax Road, after the move took place on Wednesday, January 8,
Councillor David Acton, Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and
Rescue Authority, said: "We are really pleased that Kier has
finished the new community fire station and firefighters and other
GMFRS staff are now working from there.
"The new station is located on Halifax Road and allows
firefighters to continue to respond to incidents effectively and
build upon their community work, and has been designed to be
Project Manager for the build of the new fire station, Matt
Taylor, said: "Rochdale's borough headquarters is also based at the
site, which has solar panels and uses recycled water and is carbon
neutral with an A+ Energy Performance Certificate. This means
that the site is now better for the environment than it was before
the station was built there.
"The project has been very successful, and we are now looking
forward to the new Wigan Community Fire Station project."
Brand new community facilities include an internet cafÃ©, a
community room and garden.
You can tour
the station using the panoramic photos above
Station Manager Andy Bracken from Rochdale Community Fire
Station worked at the old station on Maclure Road for more than
Andy said: "On our last day at the old station, and the first
day at the new one, we carried out a final parade in full undress
uniform and rang the bell, which has made the journey with
"I am proud to be the station manager making the transition from
Maclure Road to Halifax Road."
Local schoolchildren were invited to take part in an art
competition focusing on keeping the community safe while the
station was being built. Winners have been selected by
Station Manager Bracken and will receive a VIP invitation, for them
and their classmates, to attend the official opening ceremony at
the station in March.
Photo of White Watch l-r: Firefighter Chris Watson,
Firefighter Jon Crossley, Watch Manager Paul Wilkinson, Firefighter
Gary Baxter and Firefighter Kris Ahmed
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