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Work on fire station begins to gather pace

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 20, 2014

By Rob Smyth

Moira Fire Station

Moira Fire Station

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WORK is expected to be completed on a new fire station that will serve parts of South Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire before the end of the year.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service have now started work on the new Castle Donington fire station, based in Beverley Road on the East Midlands Airport campus.

The new station, expected to be completed before the end of the year, will provide support for incidents across North West Leicestershire and also respond to some call-outs in South Derbyshire.

South Derbyshire will still mainly be supported by Swadlincote Fire Station, with assistance, in serious emergencies, from crews based in Ashby.

This comes only weeks after the Mail reported on the closing ceremony of Moira Fire Station.

Shaun O'Donnell, head of community response for the service, said: "The service will then move its focus to providing cover in the area via the new fire station based in Castle Donington."

The fire service sees the village as an ideal strategic location to serve the busy M1, A50, A42 and A453 roads.

Its response targets are to reach life-threatening incidents within 10 minutes and non life-threatening incidents within 20 minutes but it says it does not currently achieve this .

The service says the new station will 'increase the geographical area we can cover, maximising our operational response'.

The station in Moira was handed a stay of execution by fire chiefs in 2010 after it agreed to plans to keep the site open until the new Castle Donington site was up and running.

Campaigners have long stated that the decision will put lives at risk in an area which they say will not be adequately served by Ashby and Swadlincote.

Former Moira station commander Martin Adams said: "I understand why they are doing it because Castle Donington is right by the road network."

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