Redcar fire station to become centre for young people

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Artist's impression of new Redcar fire station
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The new fire station is due to open in spring 2011

Work has begun to convert a Teesside fire station into a community facility for young people.

The project at Redcar Fire Station has seen firefighters temporarily move to nearby Kirkleatham Business Park.

The new "one-stop-shop" for youngsters will involve Cleveland Fire Brigade, Cleveland Police as well as local council and health officials.

The revamped £1.4m facility, which will offer health and welfare advice, is due to be completed by the Spring of 2011.

Jean O'Donnell, chair of Cleveland Fire Authority, said: "We are very excited about this unique and innovative partnership between ourselves and other local agencies.

"This new facility will see a huge change in our ability to help and influence local youngsters.

"We want it to act as a one-stop-shop for anyone wishing to access young people's services in the area, thereby improving young people's life chances and aspirations."

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