London Fire Brigade

Purley firefighters relocate for a year

27 February 2015

Purley firefighters have temporarily relocated while upgrade work takes place to provide the area with a new state of the art fire station.

Today Purley’s firefighters and fire engine moved to the newly built Mitcham fire station from where they will operate while the rebuild takes place.

A normal service will be maintained and crews from Purley will continue protecting the community through preventative initiatives such as home fire safety visits and preparing for operational incidents through premises visits.

The construction is part of a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) project which will see nine fire stations in the capital that are coming to the end of their life, replaced by brand new buildings.

Some of these fire stations are over 100 years old and struggle to meet the demands of a modern fire and rescue service. This rebuilding programme will bring some of the Brigade’s oldest stations up to date, providing firefighters with brand new facilities fit for the 21st century.

Borough Commander Dave Lindridge said: “This is all about improving the service we provide to the residents of Purley.

“The new station will not only provide a state-of-the-art building for our firefighters, including improved training facilities, it will also feature community areas which will allow people to visit and access important fire safety information from our staff.”

The building work at Purley will last for approximately one year and the new facilities will include a larger appliance bay, a four storey training tower, drill yard and a road traffic collision training area.

The building also houses a station office, lecture and quiet study rooms, as well as resting, changing and kitchen areas for firefighters.

The new station will meet the highest environmental standards and includes the use of sun pipes and roof lights to draw natural light  into the building.