WORK on Accrington's new £1.7m state-of-the-art fire station is nearing completion.
Crews are on schedule to move into the Hyndburn Community Fire Station on Hyndburn Road on 8 April.
The site will become home to almost 80 firefighters, including retained fire crews, and will accommodate the Eastern Division Headqua-rters, covering Hyndburn, Blackburn with Darwen and the Ribble Valley.
Accrington Fire Station Commander, Mick Holmes, said: "It's progressing extremely well. We are gearing up for an 8 April move and we are all looking forward to it. We are just putting the packing into process. The partnership behind it has really worked hard on the station and we are really pleased with the outcome. Obviously we will also have additional training facilities which we don't have at the current station.."
The new station will be home to a brand-new community training room, which will be open to community groups and organisations. It is hoped that the facility, which holds 50 people, will allow people to meet up with firefighters and learn more about the work they do.
Mr Holmes added: "We want to be more accessible to the public and this is a venture into a new area. The station will be called the Hyndburn Community Fire Station and that in itself is a step forward. We want the public to come down, see the facilities on offer and use the training room. The key to the station is its name which reflects how we want to interact with the people of Hyndburn."
Most areas in the new fire station will also be fitted with sprinklers as part of a scheme to promote the use of domestic sprinklers in homes in Hyndburn.
Mr Holmes said: "We have installed some sprinklers at the station for people to view and they will be able to see how they blend into the home environment and that they are not obtrusive."
Hyndburn Community Fire Station is also hoping to turn heads with its ultra-modern design.
He added: "The whole visual aspect of the fire station is different. It's a brick building which reflects the town.What we did not want was an industrial-style building. The whole area will also be landscaped and it will be aesthetically pleasing to the eye."