London Fire Brigade

Official opening of new Orpington fire station

17 February 2016

The brand new fire station at Orpington is set to be officially opened today, Wednesday 17 February, by the Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Kim Botting.

The state-of-the-art building replaces the former station, which was built on the same site in 1958. Firefighters began operating from the new station in July 2015.

While the station was being built, one crew and their engine worked from a temporary station, which was built at the rear of the new station. The other crew and fire engine were hosted at Beckenham fire station.

Nine London stations being built

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

The new station provides a larger and more modern working environment for fire crews, space for two fire engines and training facilities including a drill yard, four storey drill tower and an area for road traffic collision training.

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

Fantastic for the local community

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: "The old Orpington fire station was built over 58 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.

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

Councillor Botting, who is officially opening the station, said: "Orpington's new fire station is a very welcome addition to the area and will help ensure that our residents and those in neighbouring boroughs 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."

Improved facilities

As well as improved training areas and extra space for the fire engines, there is also an extra office, lecture and quiet study rooms and a kitchen and dining area for firefighters.

There are areas within the station that the public can visit to access fire safety information, as well as a community room available for bookings.

The design of the station meets the highest environmental standards and amongst other green technology, uses solar panels to provide energy for the building. Construction began in January 2014.