Norfolk

Carrow Fire Station in Norwich set to open

A new fire station for Norwich costing £4.5m is to open at the end of the month.

Carrow Fire Station, situated off Martineau Lane, will respond to its first calls on Wednesday, 24 August.

Alongside fire engines the two-storey station will house training facilities and a swift water rescue team to enhance flood response.

The station will also serve as a base for the East of England Ambulance Service.

'Immediate back-up'

Harry Humphrey, cabinet member for community protection at Norfolk County Council, said: "The new fire station at Carrow is excellent news for the people of Norwich and represents a significant investment by Norfolk County Council in our fire and rescue service.

"I believe the station will not only improve local emergency cover and give better access to the A47, but also provide immediate back-up for the city centre."

Norfolk's chief fire officer Nigel Williams said he believed the new station, combined with sister stations at Sprowston and North Earlham, will deliver a "first class fire and rescue service" for the city.

The opening of the new centre means the closure of Bethel Street Fire Station, which has been a base for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service since the 1930s.

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