06 August 2014

Building work has begun on two new fire stations in Sheffield.

The new stations at Parkway and Birley Moor are replacements for the outdated existing stations at Darnall, Mansfield Road and Mosborough.

The combined £8.5 million project to build the two new stations is due to be completed in summer 2015.

Councillor Jim Andrews, Chair of the Fire Authority, commented: “Whilst Government cuts to Fire Services have been severe, this Authority has continually shown that we will invest in new resources for firefighters and the community wherever possible.

“These new stations are further proof of our commitment to providing resources for the best possible fire service in South Yorkshire.”

Chief Fire Officer, James Courtney, added: “These two new fire stations are central to the provision of our service in south and east Sheffield. They are located in the optimum positions to enable us to respond quickly and effectively to emergency incidents and I look forward to their completion next summer.”

Commercial buildings, non-domestic and multi-occupancy premises in England and Wales are already forced to undertake a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment carried out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

While the overwhelming majority of premises do this, if the assessment is thought to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.