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8/12/2011 - Ribbon cutting ceremony marks the opening of the new Patterdale Fire Station

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Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service are celebrating the opening of a brand new fire station in Patterdale with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2:30pm on Thursday December 15. The ribbon will be cut by Cumbria County Council’s Chairman, John Woolley and county councillor Gary Strong, Cabinet member for Community Safety and Local Services.

Patterdale is the first of five state-of-the-art fire stations in Cumbria which are being built thanks to an innovative public/private partnership involving three fire and rescue authorities in the North West.

Cumbrian firm Border Construction have been working in partnership with Mansell Construction for Balfour Beatty Fire & Rescue to build the new station which has been built on the site of the village’s existing station. The station now has enhanced training facilities, accommodating the changing needs and modern practices of the service.

Cumbria County Councillor Gary Strong, Cabinet member for Community Safety and Local Services, said: “It is great to see the first of five new stations being completed. It will be fantastic for the fire & rescue service staff and most importantly the people of Patterdale.”

Malcolm Findlay from Balfour Beatty Fire and Rescue, said: "We are very pleased to complete the construction of the Patterdale Fire Station for the people of Cumbria and we are delighted with the positive feedback already received from Members and staff who have already used it."

Cumbria’s Chief Fire Officer Dominic Harrison said: “These new fire stations are going to be a major step forward for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service in terms of the facilities at our disposal and the opening of the first new one at Patterdale is a real landmark moment for us.

“The great thing about this new station is that as well as being an improvement for our firefighters, in terms of welfare and training facilities, it remains located within the heart of the community we serve.”

Patterdale will be followed into service by two new fire stations in Carlisle – at Durranhill and off Newtown Road – in spring 2012 and the new Penrith station at Kemplay Bank, in the summer.

The Penrith station is going to be the new headquarters of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.

Work is due to get underway on the fifth new station at Moorclose in Workington in spring 2012 and is set to be completed by spring 2013.

Media enquiries to communications assistant Moyra Robertson on 01228 226338.