Fire shed expansion to bring rural and urban fire brigades together

Ashburton District Council has agreed to a plan to house both the Ashburton Volunteer Fire Brigade and Rural Fire Force under one roof.

The Ashburton Rural Fire Force will be relocated from the Council-owned site on South Street to the existing Volunteer Fire Brigade on Burnett Street, with extensions to the fire brigade facility planned to provide space for the two entities.

Council Environmental Services Group Manager Jane Donaldson says the relocation is one of the first instances in the country of rural and urban fire services coming together since the Government established the new integrated authority, Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ). The co-location will reflect the new direction of a unified fire force.

A decision had been made earlier this year to demolish and rebuild the Rural Fire Force station on South Street, but following the announcement of FENZ, it was decided it would be more cost effective for the two entities to co-exist from a single facility at the Volunteer Fire Brigade station.

Building work is scheduled to commence in April 2017.

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