London Fire Brigade

Official opening of new Purley fire station

12 October 2016

Today the Mayor of  Croydon, Councillor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, is set to officially open Purley fire station in south London.

Located on the existing Brighton Road site, the state-of-the-art building replaces the former station and provides firefighters with modern facilities that meet the demands of a 21st century fire and rescue service.

It includes two larger appliance bays which are better able to accommodate the Brigade's latest vehicles, a four storey drill tower for training, offices and meeting rooms, as well as a gym, lecture and quiet study rooms and a kitchen and dining area for firefighters.

There are separate shower, changing and resting areas that can be modified to accommodate the different male to female ratio on each watch.

The rebuilt station includes areas the public can visit to access important fire safety information, as well as a community room which is free and available for local community groups to book.

Firefighters have been working from the station since March. During the construction phase of the project, Purley's firefighters and fire engines operated out of Mitcham Fire Station.

It was built as part of a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) project that saw nine London fire stations replaced by brand new buildings.

A fire station fit for modern use

As well as the unveiling of a plaque by the Mayor of Croydon to commemorate the new station, firefighters from Purley's white watch will offer visitors a tour of their new fire station. 

The Brigade's fire cadets from Croydon will also be carrying out a firefighter drill.

London Fire Commissioner, Ron Dobson, said: "The old Purley fire station was built over 87 years ago and was fast becoming unsuitable for modern day use. It has now been completely rebuilt in order to meet with the current demands of the local population.

"This brand new fire station is fantastic for the local community it serves, as well as for the firefighters who can now benefit from the new facilities.

"Purley is now home to one of the best and most modern fire stations in London."

Councillor Trakas-Lawlor, who is officially opening the station, said: "Purley's new fire station is a very welcome addition to the area and will help ensure that our residents have a facility that is fit for purpose.

"I'm pleased to unveil the plaque and officially open this fantastic new fire station which I hope will serve our community for many more years to come."

The design of the new fire station meets the highest environmental standards, as well as providing a high level of natural light, the building draws energy for power and heating from renewable sources including a combined heat and power unit and solar panels.

The building also reduces energy and water demands, cutting running costs and contributing to the Brigade’s overall environmental performance.