On Saturday the 18th of November, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) were joined by local firefighters, their families and invited guests to officially open the newly refurbished fire station at Wheatley Hill.
The fire station, on Wingate Lane South, is the base for On Call Firefighters which has recently undergone major construction work to improve the building and the facilities. The open day involved a guided tour of the station, fire drill demonstrations by Peterlee’s Fire Cadets and an opportunity for guests to celebrate the new look station.
The station was officially opened by Cllr John Shuttleworth, Chair of County Durham and Darlington Fire Authority, who said: “The Combined Fire Authority are committed to investing in the services equipment and estates provision. The vision for this refurbished community fire station in the heart of Wheatley Hill is one of state-of-the-art facilities, enabling CDDFRS to provide first-class facilities and services to support local people.”
Chief Fire Officer Steve Helps also added: “I’d like to offer thanks all those people who have been involved in delivering this project, including our crew who have been extremely supportive throughout the build. It’s been great to see such a fantastic turn out to mark the opening of the newly refurbished fire station, and I really hope that our on-call firefighters and visitors like the finished result.”