by Henry James (July 2021)

AINTREE Fire Station is set to replaced with a new better equipped modern facility which will cover a wider area under plans revealed by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority.

The MFRA propose to merge Aintree and Croxteth fire stations and create a new one on Long Lane which will include a state of the art training academy and ‘national resilience centre of excellence.’

The MRFA say Aintree and Croxteth fire stations, which opened in 1926 and 1962 respectively are not capable of offering the accessible, larger modern facilities needed today.

The proposed site at Long Lane in Aintree is almost equidistant between the existing stations and offers a significantly improved response time.

It would also enable emergency response availability at all times - currently as a non-key station Aintree relies on surrounding stations to provide a response between 8.30pm and 8.30am.

The MRFA added that station mergers across Merseyside have been very successful and use data and mapping software to predict future performance.

The proposed new site is located close to identified areas of potential risk, including a prison, a hospital, major sports venues, waste recycling centres, industrial centres, retail parks and major road networks.

It will also provide accessible community rooms for local groups to use.

Chief fire officer Phil Garrigan said: “Our plans will offer our firefighters and the local community the facilities they deserve now and in the future.

“The old stations have served their communities well over the years but they have come to the end of their days and we must recognise this and move forward into the future.

“This station merger will make us more resilient, more efficient, more effective and quicker to

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respond, while ensuring we are equipped to meet the demands placed on a modern day fire and rescue service.

“The overwhelming public support for the plans in our Integrated Risk Management Plan has shown that the people of Merseyside are behind our vision for the future. The station merger is part of this bold way forward, the improved response times and night cover at the new site are undeniable benefits of the proposal.

“The new station will occupy the same site as a new state of the art Training & Development Academy, reflecting the commitment and professionalism of our incredible operational and support staff. Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is embedded within the local community and we would love to hear their thoughts.

“I would urge everyone to fill in the consultation – this is your Fire & Rescue Service.”

The consultation will run until October 7.

The consultation questionnaire will be available online at the Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service website and there will be three public meetings and three focus groups to discuss the proposals, either online or in person depending on any Covid-19 restrictions being in place.

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