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New fire HQ gets 50ft windmill

PUBLISHED: 17:57 30 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:49 11 August 2010

FIRE-FIGHTERS will get their new home after plans to replace their old station were approved last week. Councillors on the development control board voted to demolish the old building in Rainham Road South, Dagenham. It will have three stories, with a com

FIRE-FIGHTERS will get their new home after plans to replace their old station were approved last week.

Councillors on the development control board voted to demolish the old building in Rainham Road South, Dagenham.

It will have three stories, with a community area on the ground and first floors and disabled access and parking.

A 15 metre tall free standing wind turbine will also be built on the site to encourage the use of alternative, renewable energy sources.

The new station will stand on the same site as the old one and will be a regional training centre for east London.

As well as having improved female staff facilities and extra community officers.

The LIFE programme which helps young offenders to learn the skills required to be a fire-fighter will be given an office in the new station.

It is seen as a valuable asset to the area and was recently visited by London Mayor, Boris Johnston.

Dagenham's makeover is part of a £52million privately funded initiative scheme to rebuild and improve ten stations across the city.

Station manager Steve Hobart said: "I think it will be a step in the right direction.

"It will make the station more community based, as at the moment we don't have the facilities for that.

"Providing a training ground here is also good news for us because before we had to travel to Southwark, and this will definitely help us cut down on fuel.

"This station is quite old and probably not too environmentally friendly. The wind turbine is a great idea, and because we don't have any neighbours it won't disturb people.


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