Coventry & Warwickshire

New Warwickshire fire HQ could be established

A new headquarters for Warwickshire's fire service could be established, the BBC has learned.

The county council approved plans to close Brinklow, Studley and Warwick fire stations on 20 July.

But now the authority said it was looking at "the rationalisation of premises" which "may include" a new headquarters.

The authority has said the changes involving fire stations were not to cut costs but to improve services.

'Very imaginative'

The council said it would also need to look "at the establishment and commissioning" of a purpose-built training facility for the fire and rescue service.

It was not clear whether any new headquarters and new training facility would be amalgamated into a super station.

The location of a potential new headquarters was also not clear. The current site is in Leamington, where there is also a fire station.

Tony Morgan, from the Retained Firefighters' Union, said it made him wonder where the money for a potential new headquarters would come from.

He said: "I think certainly the service is going to have to be very imaginative in regard to the future.

"When the government and the coalition make their public spending announcements in October, I think the majority and certainly fire and rescue services around the country, including Warwickshire, are going to have to think about obviously costs and the provision of the service to the communities."

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