New Cheltenham fire station opens

A new fire station has opened in Cheltenham.

The station, at the junction of Keynsham Road and College Baths Road, is the third of four "community" stations for Gloucestershire.

It houses two fire engines, one aerial appliance, one rescue unit, a water/foam carrier and a command unit.

The site also houses a road traffic accident training area to allow firefighters to practise their operational skills.

Cheltenham West and Gloucester North stations opened earlier this year and the Gloucester South station - which also features a life skills centre - is due to open later.

The project is supported under a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) with £40m of government money.

The cost to council tax payers in Gloucestershire will be £21.5m over the next 25 years.

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