£2.4m plan to upgrade fire station

Lancaster fire station.
Lancaster fire station.

Lancaster Fire Station could be rebuilt as part of a drive to recruit more on-call fire fighters.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has successfully bid for £2.4m of Government funding and may decide to use it to rebuild the Cable Street station. Plans were revealed after the fire service approached Lancaster City Council asking for help in recruiting more on-call or retained fire fighters for Lancaster. A retained fire engine is expected to replace the current second ‘full-time’ engine at Lancaster station, due to be withdrawn from service in 2016.

On-call/retained firefighters must live within five minutes of the station.

Due to a 10% cut in a Government grant, the fire service needs to save £10m by 2016/17.