Firefighters Relocate to Wellington College

Crowthorne firefighters are taking up residency in their temporary home within the grounds of Wellington College from April 2019, for the duration of the fire station rebuild.

On 15 April 2019, the crew of 14 officially relocated to Wellington College while the work on the fire station gets underway. The brand new, contemporary fire station will provide the local community with a modern facility. It will have space for a fire engine and 4X4 vehicle, the modern equipment used by the firefighters, an office space for fire service staff, as well as the police and ambulance, a bookable community room and a compact gym to support firefighters in maintaining their high fitness standards.

Watch Manager, Tony Jell, said: “We are really grateful to Wellington College for rehoming us while the work takes place. Crowthorne Fire Station is on-call, which means we respond from our home or place of work so need to be able to reach the fire engine within a certain timeframe. Due to Wellington College’s location in Crowthorne, we will be able to continue to respond to emergency calls, which is always our top priority.”

Councillor Angus Ross, the lead Fire Authority Member for this project, said: “The move to Wellington College is the sign that this work is well on its way to deliver a contemporary fire station to its local community. I would like to highlight our sincere thanks to Wellington College for housing the Crowthorne crew and enabling them to continue to provide a swift and effective response to the village and neighbouring communities.

“I would like to place on record, in advance of the work, my thanks to the local residents and businesses for their patience while the rebuild takes place. Crowthorne Fire Station has a proud tradition for serving its residents and I am delighted to be part of the team that will provide a modern facility for the firefighters and village alike.”

Julian Thomas, Master of Wellington College, commented: “The students and staff at Wellington College are excited about this opportunity to forge new links with the Crowthorne community. Service is important to Wellington; it is part of our DNA. Our students benefit enormously from their regular interactions with members of the local community and we are looking forward to playing our part in helping the Crowthorne firefighters to continue their excellent work.”

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