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'Wind powered' fire station opens

The first of a new generation of environmentally-friendly fire stations in Lincolnshire is ready to open.

The Bardney station boasts a wind turbine to generate power and a rain-water harvesting system.

It also features a lecture theatre and office space for community use. People can view the station on Wednesday.

Fire service officials said cost savings would be made because of the building's energy efficiency. Similar stations are planned across the county.

Station 'a prototype'

The building's lifespan is expected to be 70 years.

Project manager Andy Whitfield said: "This station will be used as a prototype for future new stations in Lincolnshire."

One of the offices will be occupied by Bardney Parish Council.

Lincolnshire County Councillor Peter Robinson, who will officially open the station, said: "Bardney and future replacement stations will be more cost effective and environmentally friendly, as well as involving partner organisations and local people."

A similar station will be built in Wragby next year and after that in Sleaford, North Hykeham and Leverton.

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