London Fire Brigade

£7.5 million rebuild for Walthamstow fire station

23 February 2012

London Fire Brigade has reinforced its commitment to providing the capital with a first class fire and rescue service by investing £7.5 million in a major fire station rebuilding project.

Walthamstow Fire Station will re-open its doors On Thursday (23 Feb) as east London prepares to welcome visitors from across the world ahead of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The old 1920s building on Forest Road has made way for a 21st century fire station on the same site, housing an additional fire engine and 20 extra firefighters.

Chairman of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority Cllr Brian Coleman AM FRSA said: “This completely rebuilt fire station provides Londoners with an excellent new facility and the £7.5 million we have invested in this state-of-the art building demonstrates our continuing commitment to maintaining the world class fire and rescue service the capital has come to  expect.”

The station will be officially opened by London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority member and Waltham Forest Councillor Liaquat Ali, accompanied by Chairman of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority Cllr Brian Coleman AM FRSA and London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson.

The second fire engine and 20 additional firefighters now based at Walthamstow will mean quicker attendance  times for the area  and more Brigade staff working in the community to prevent  fires from happening  in the first place.

The rebuilt station will provide three ‘appliance bays’ suitable for the largest fire appliances that the Brigade currently uses and  is kitted out with community facilities that will allow members of the public to easily access vital life saving fire safety advice.

The fire station’s state-of-the-art design will also provide excellent value for money. By installing the latest energy saving technologies energy and water demands will be reduced, running costs will be cut and  the fire station’s environmental performance will be improved.

Notes to editors:

•Due to the second fire engine Walthamstow will see a 10% improvement in second appliance attendance times at incidents which require two fire engines.
• In March 2005 London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, which runs London Fire Brigade, agreed to a series of fire engine moves, in order to improve overall response times across the capital. These moves mean that more people in London now get a second fire engine to their home or workplace faster than before. Moving a fire engine from Islington to Walthamstow completes that programme of planned  fire engine moves.
• During the rebuilding project Walthamstow’s  firefighters and firefighting equipment were temporarily transferred to Woodford Fire Station.