A new fire station located on the Aston Martin headquarters in Gaydon has been officially opened today (Wednesday September 28) by chairman of Warwickshire County Council Bob Hicks, and Aston Martin vice president Keith Stanton.
Also in attendance at the ribbon cutting event were Warwickshire’s chief fire officer, Andy Hickmott, councillor and portfolio holder for community safety John Horner and the Gaydon fire crew.
The new purpose built peak demand station has been specifically designed to improve fire cover and response times in south Warwickshire due to its excellent links to the B4100 and the M40.
Peak demand means that firefighters will be on station from 7am to 7pm and the station has already been called to over 30 incidents since it became operational on August 1.
Chief fire officer, Andy Hickmott said: “I was delighted to be part of the opening ceremony at the new fire station here in Gaydon today.
“I am confident as chief fire officer, that this station will provide a modern and efficient base from which to deliver a highly effective emergency response as well as community safety activities to the local community and Warwickshire as a whole.”
The £760,000 station has been built by Keirs with full support from Warwickshire County Council, Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover who have been working in partnership with the Service to ensure they are able to make the best use of the site. The new build has been funded by Department of Communities of Local Government Transformation grant funding.
Councillor Horner said: “The new station looks fantastic. It has absolutely been built to enhance the Service’s response to the south of the county and that can only be good news for the residents of Warwickshire.
“It was an honour to be part of the opening ceremony and I hope that the new station serves our community for many more years to come.”
Aston Martin vice president, Keith Stanton said: “We are delighted that we have been able to support the local community with the provision of space for the Fire Service.
“We are now safe in the knowledge that we have a fully functioning Fire Station located at the Aston Martin Headquarters, which is fantastic.”