A well known Barnstaple landmark is being pulled to the ground to make way for a brand new modern building. Construction company Morgan Ashurst, with local offices at Castle Park Road, is demolishing the brick drill tower at Barnstaple Fire Station to m

A well known Barnstaple landmark is being pulled to the ground to make way for a brand new modern building.Construction company Morgan Ashurst, with local offices at Castle Park Road, is demolishing the brick drill tower at Barnstaple Fire Station to make way for a new training building incorporating a steel drill tower.Barnstaple station commander Pete Newman says: "The new training building, which Morgan Ashurst is constructing at our North Road site, will enhance the training facilities for fire fighters from across North Devon. The new facility will enable crews to hone their life-saving skills of accessing smoke-filled buildings and carrying out rescues from height."The facility will include a training house which can simulate a variety of different training scenarios, such as fire fighting in domestic properties, working in smoke and darkness, search and rescue techniques and accessing buildings from a range of different points.The new building has been designed to enhance Devon and Somerset Fire Service's ability to develop its capability to rescue people trapped in difficult circumstances such as at height or in confined spaces.Work is due to be completed in October 2008 and the fire station will remain fully operational throughout the project.