Alcester Fire Station has been treated to a major refurbishment to support the introduction of a new duty system.
A new kitchen with mess room, five en-suite bedrooms to accommodate shift patterns, a family room, office space and a gym have all been added to the station.
The new duty system, called Day Crewing Plus, ensures that the service maintains an immediate emergency response to residents 24 hours a day.
Those working on the new system will work 24 hours on station, carrying out normal duties from 8am-8pm before being placed on standby from 8pm-8am.
The system, which is already operating with 17 fire and rescue services across the UK, enables crews to be on station for up to four days.
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, Andy Hickmott said: “We are delighted that the improvements to the station have now been completed and the crew have an excellent base from which to serve the community. This is the second station to be refurbished to accommodate the new shift system and so far the feedback from our crews has been positive.”
Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio holder for Community Safety, Councillor John Horner added: “The refurbishment of Alcester Fire Station marks another stage in a number of improvements we are making as part of a county wide transformation programme. The station has been brought up to date to provide a great working environment for our firefighters and I look forward to seeing the benefits that brings.”
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service has already introduced the Day Crewing Plus system in Stratford and Leamington.
Cllr Matt Western, Chair of the Council’s Resources and Fire Overview and Scrutiny Committee, added: “This is an upgrade of a whole-time fire station which will enable the firefighters who work there, to be more comfortable when working the new shift system. This station upgrade shows a real commitment to making sure working conditions for our employees are fit for a modern duty system.”
Courtesy of the Stratford Herald, Ben Lugg