A ceremonial breaking of the ground will officially mark the start of work to extend Ryde Fire Station as part of the Isle of Wight Council’s fire modernisation project.
Cllr Barry Abraham, Isle of Wight Council cabinet member with responsibility for fire and community safety will put spade to turf at a special ceremony today (Monday 18 October 2010) at 2pm.
The extension will provide much-needed accommodation for the 14-strong day crew that have been operating from the station since February 2010. Additions to the current site include additional office space, a kitchenette, gym and large multi-purpose room which can be used for training, community safety work and the LIFE scheme which promotes fire safety among young people.
Space within the extension will also be made available for local community groups to use as a place for meeting or events.
The extension costing £280,000 will have full disabled access, additional parking and cycle racks. It has been designed in-house by the council and will be built by local construction company Mountjoy.
Cllr Barry Abraham, said: “This is an important milestone in the Fire Service Modernisation project which aims to create a more efficient and resilient fire and rescue service. The improvements to Ryde Fire Station will not only provide crews with a better standard of accommodation, but also space that can be used by local community groups.”
The extension is due to be completed by the middle of February 2011.