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District Council has agreed to a plan to house both the Ashburton Volunteer
Fire Brigade and Rural Fire Force under one roof.
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
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.
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.
work is scheduled to commence in April 2017.