Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Hartland Fire Station reopens

10:18 07 July 2014

Fire fighters, guests and well wishers gather at the reopening of Hartland Fire Station. Picture: Graham Hobbs.

Fire fighters, guests and well wishers gather at the reopening of Hartland Fire Station. Picture: Graham Hobbs.

Graham Hobbs

Firefighters and guests gather to mark the opening of a new wing following major refurbishment.

The plaque dedicated to Les Kirby. Picture: Graham Hobbs.The plaque dedicated to Les Kirby. Picture: Graham Hobbs.

HARTLAND Fire Station has celebrated its reopening after an extensive improvement programme.

The station has been serving its community for almost 60 years and on Wednesday well wishers gathered to mark the latest chapter in its history.

The recent building works included creating a new appliance bay for the 4x4 vehicle used for co-responding calls to medical emergencies.

The original appliance bay was also refurbished, while other a kit storage room, new toilets, electric roller doors, solar panels and a new breathing apparatus cleaning area were also added.

The High Sheriff of Devon, the Hon John Rous, conducts the official reopening of Hartland Fire Station, with a plaque dedicated to fire fighter Les Kirby, who lost his life in service to Hartland. Picture: Graham Hobbs.The High Sheriff of Devon, the Hon John Rous, conducts the official reopening of Hartland Fire Station, with a plaque dedicated to fire fighter Les Kirby, who lost his life in service to Hartland. Picture: Graham Hobbs.

The new wing was officially declared open by the High Sheriff of Devon, the Hon John Rous and dedicated to the memory of local firefighter Les Kirby, who lost his life while on operational duty in October 1998.

Several of the retained station’s own crew members worked on the project, including builder Peter Furse, Hartland’s longest serving firefighter, fellow retained firefighter Billy Wickfield, and former crew member Paul Toase.

“We are delighted the improvements have been completed and the crew have an excellent base for their training and to respond to incidents,” said group manager Neil Blackburn.

“Hartland is a crucial fire station for the service as it lies in one of the most remote locations in the service area. We are extremely grateful to the firefighters who give their time for the community and to the employers who allow them to do so.”

The original Hartland Fire Brigade was formed in 1949 with 12 volunteers, four lengths of hose and a stirrup pump - they attended their first fire, a chimney fire, in 1950.

The current station was built in 1955 and it became a retained station, meaning firefighters were paid for their time, in 1987.

In addition, the crew started to attend medical emergencies as co-responders in partnership with the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust in 2004.

Other News Stories

16:24

Sighting was only the sixth ever recorded in the UK – and the first in England

Read more

All the photos and video from the Santas on the Run event and the Bideford Christmas light switch on yesterday (Sunday).

Read more
11:33

Stagecoach say routes have been redesigned following feedback from bus users

Read more
09:41

Coastguard and lifeboat teams joined recover efforts on Saturday evening

Read more
Yesterday, 21:13

Official diversion will be some 17 miles long when work begins on the Caen Street flood defences

Read more
Yesterday, 14:30

Wide range of activities planned for United Community Centre club in Northam with the appointment of a new youth worker

Read more
Yesterday, 11:30

Pull on your Christmas jumper and raise money for North Devon’s hospital charity

Read more
Yesterday, 09:30

Have fun but steer clear of trouble and drink driving, North Devon inspector warns festive party-goers

Read more
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Find out when Santa will be visiting Bideford, Barnstaple, Torrington, Northam, Appledore, Fremington, Yelland and Braunton.

Read more
Friday, December 2, 2016

Guest had to break glass with his bare feet and barely escaped alive with his young son after Europa fire that revealed ‘a number of failings’

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications