PLANS from Merseyside Fire Service to create a new four bay ‘super-station’ at Long Aintree have been submitted to Liverpool City Council.
The proposal involves the combining and closing of Aintree and Croxteth Fire Stations including the Training & Development Academy , in order to create a new multi pump super-station and state of the art TDA and National Resilience Centre of Excellence on Long Lane, Aintree.
MFRA say it will allow them to expand and increase training, with the potential to become a “centre of excellence” for national training.
They also believe the two existing operational fire stations at Aintree and Croxteth are “reaching the end of their useful life” and the new development will help improve local area response times.
The planning application states that Aintree Fire Station is nearly 100 years old and offers limited scope for “redevelopment opportunity” and lacks the “essential” facilities required for a modern day fire station.
Planning documents state the Long Lane site is considered the “optimum location” for MFRA to maintain the levels of fire and other emergency cover for the Croxteth and Aintree areas more than any other option identified.
The new site will employ more than 40 training staff alongside more than 60 operational staff on a daily basis with that number expected to increase further as the training opportunities offered at the site develop.
As well as the four bay fire station, there will also be a new training and development building; an indoor training facility; an ‘Urban Search and Rescue’ garage and bespoke training facilities with scope to include a six storey tactical firefighting building.
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