London Fire Brigade

Walthamstow fire station making way for 21st Century building

23 April 2010

Walthamstow fire station is closing temporarily on Tuesday 27 April to allow a complete re-build on the site, as the old building makes way for a 21st century fire station housing an additional fire engine and providing community facilities.

The new station is designed to be more accessible to the public and allow firefighters to pass on fire safety advice to local people. It will also provide three ‘appliance bays’ suitable for the largest fire appliances/engines that the Brigade currently uses. New kitchen and accommodation facilities along with the latest sustainable energy saving technologies will also be installed.

The completed station will also receive an additional fire engine as part of the Brigade’s strategy to further improve response times to fires and emergencies across the capital.

Firefighters and firefighting equipment based at the site will temporarily transfer to Woodford Fire Station while the new building is under construction. Walthamstow crews will continue to attend incidents and carry out home fire safety visits and community safety work within the borough and there will be no reduction to the level of operational cover in the area.

“The current building has served London well for 85 years but it’s no longer suitable for the needs of a 21st Century fire and rescue service”, said Waltham Forest Borough Commander Richard Squire. A brand new fire station is fantastic news for Waltham Forest and an extra fire engine will mean that we are even better able to respond to local emergencies.”

“Being in the heart of the community with a fire station that is more accessible to the public will definitely help to reduce the amount of fires and other emergencies we attend, as there will more opportunity to pass on advice to local people face to face”.  
  
Notes for editors

Walthamstow fire station is due for completion in December 2011. The fire station is on Forest Road, E17.