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New 2.7m fire station is opened

Ilkeston Community Fire Station
Part of the station can be used as a meeting place for local groups

A new £2.7m fire station has been opened in a Derbyshire town.

The facility has been built on the site of the former station in Ilkeston as part of a programme to revamp fire service buildings across the county.

Renewable energy facilities including solar panels have been installed to reduce its energy consumption.

The fire station also features training facilities, an office area and a community room which can be used as a meeting area for local groups.

The chief fire officer and chief executive of Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, Brian Tregunna, said: "We want to provide our firefighters with the very best affordable facilities so they can perform to the very highest standards when responding to emergencies and working to make the community safer."



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