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Community fire station finished

A new £4.5m fire station and training centre in Derbyshire has been handed over by builders.

The complex at the Horns Bridge roundabout in Chesterfield will host frontline firefighers and a number of partner agencies.

It also has a gas-powered "real fire" facility so crews can train for emergencies in realistic conditions.

As a designated community station, some meeting rooms will also be available for public use.

Crews from Chesterfield and the area office staff will be moving into the facility in early October.

The new fire station will not have any retained firefighters but will instead get support from stations in Staveley, Dronfield and Clay Cross.

Chief Fire Officer Brian Tregunna said: "I would like to reassure the people of Chesterfield that this relocation and change in how we deliver frontline services will not affect Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service's ability to respond to an emergency in the area.

"In fact, I believe that with this fantastic new facility in Chesterfield and the back-up from other neighbouring fire stations the local communities in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire are better served than ever before."

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