Hereford & Worcester

New Worcester fire station replaces ageing base

New station on Great Western Business park Image copyright Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue
Image caption The new station, built by developers St Modwen, was approved in 2013

A new £4.3m fire station has opened in Worcester to replace an ageing base.

Crews have transferred to the new site at Great Western Business Park, from the Copenhagen Street base, which dates back 70 years.

Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates said the move would cut running costs and provide better training facilities, allowing crews to prepare for different types of fires.

A farewell parade at the old base took place at midday.

The Copenhagen Street site is expected to be put on the market.

Mr Yates said the fire service faced a bill of about £1m just to keep it running and described the new base a "fantastic improvement".

Image caption A parade was held at the Copenhagen Street fire station to mark the move

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