Cash boost adds new spark to fire station

After being threatened with closure last year, firefighters at Fenny Compton Fire Station are celebrating after their training tower is set to be replaced as well as a lot of ground work to the yard. Pictured L-r:Philip Shepherd,crew commander,Tony Thornton,watch commander,William Law,fire fighters,Paul Whinmill,crew commander,David Watton,fire fighter and Lorraine Jelfs,fire fighter
After being threatened with closure last year, firefighters at Fenny Compton Fire Station are celebrating after their training tower is set to be replaced as well as a lot of ground work to the yard. Pictured L-r:Philip Shepherd,crew commander,Tony Thornton,watch commander,William Law,fire fighters,Paul Whinmill,crew commander,David Watton,fire fighter and Lorraine Jelfs,fire fighter

FENNY COMPTON Fire Station has been given a new lease of life after receiving cash for a £60,000 makeover.

The Warwickshire County Council cash will fund a new training tower and comes just one year after the station was threatened with closure under controversial plans to cut 100 retained firefighter posts across the county.

Paul Whinmill, crew commander, said: “The tower has been out of order for some years.

“Work was due to go ahead on the tower the year before the closure threat happened so now that we are operational, it gives us confidence going forward.”

The station now has nine retained firefighters following a recruitment programme in March.

In addition to the training tower, work will also take place to make the station yard more presentable.

Watch commander Tony Thornton said: “After going through such difficult times last year, having the tower replaced means we will now have the opportunity to continue our training and work to improve the yard will make it look much more presentable.”

A six- to eight-week programme to replace the training tower at the station will start on September 1.

Mr Whinmill added: “We are very grateful to transport firm C & W Knight who let us use their yard next door for training purposes.”