New 'carbon-negative' fire station set to be built in Hebburn by 2022

A new fire station in Hebburn could be up and running by 2022, according to fire chiefs.

Saturday, 21st November 2020, 6:00 am
The existing Hebburn fire station

Bosses have set aside about £5million to replace the existing station, in Victoria Road, thought to be the oldest still in use in Tyne and Wear.

And it has also been confirmed borough chiefs in South Tyneside are in talks to release land in Lukes Lane for the facility to be built on.

“We have now seen advanced designs for the new station in the South Tyneside area and it is estimated to be up and running in 2022,” said Chris Lowther, chief fire officer (CFO) at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

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The existing Hebburn fire station

“Not only is it going to be a carbon neutral station, we’re also aiming to produce our own energy through the green design, so it will be carbon negative and sell energy back to the system.

“It’s on a piece of brownfield land we’re negotiating with South Tyneside Council for and it presents some really interesting opportunities not only around a modern fire service and station for the future.”

CFO Lowther was speaking at a meeting of the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority, which was held by videolink and broadcast via YouTube.

As well as firefighters, the new station is also expected to become a base for police and paramedics.

And CFO Lowther added proposals are also being worked on for ‘unique training facilities’, which could be among the most advanced in the UK.

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “We have been working in partnership with the Fire and Rescue Service on plans for a new station.

“A parcel of land in the Lukes Lane area has been identified as the potential location to replace their existing station on Victoria Road.”