Blackburn's £8m community fire station opens

Blackburn Community Fire Station
Image caption The new station supports the fire station's work with community groups

Blackburn's new £8m community fire station has officially opened.

The new building is opposite the town's former fire station on Byrom Street, which was built in the 1920s and no longer considered fit-for-purpose.

Station manager Andy Taylor said the service needed a larger building to support its community work.

He said: "The original station was built when the fire service didn't interact with the community and it really wasn't suitable anymore."

The two-storey building still houses fire-fighting equipment but also has facilities for the public, such as meeting rooms.

Peter Holland, Lancashire's chief fire officer, said it was a "truly marvellous community resource".

An open day for the public is being held on Saturday between 11:00 and 15:00 BST.

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