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The New Dunstable Community Fire Station 


First Dig Ceremony

A first dig ceremony was held in August 2007. The focus of the ceremony was on the young people from the Dunstable Area Community and representatives from the local Beavers, Air Training Corps, St John Ambulance and Guides (all groups who had visited the existing station within the previous six months) took primary place with Combined Fire Authority Members and local dignitaries.

Official Opening

Her Royal Highness Princess Anne marked the official opening of Dunstable Community Fire Station on Tuesday 13 January 2009.  The event heralded the completion of the £4.1 million design and building project which began in 2007 to provide a first class operational facilities and a community facility for the people of Dunstable and surrounding area.  Official Opening of Dunstable Community Fire Station Brochure (.PDF)

Community Fire Station

Operational facilities on the ground floor include a bay area for three fire appliances, library, study area, offices, gym, locker room and canteen.  A three storey training block outside provides a modern on site training facility.

The new building includes the following features:

  • Grey water recycling scheme
  • Wind catcher natural ventilation system
  • Highly efficient condensing heating boilers
  • Heat reclamation from internal air ventilation system
  • DDA compliance  in excess of Building Regulations
  • Induction loop PA system in main community hall
  • Disabled shower facilities
  • Wheel chair accessible  tables in all community access areas
  • Baby care facility
  • Faith room with two adjoining ablutions rooms
  • Smoke chamber training building including simulated vertical sewer shaft, restricted space roof void, pitched roof access training area, working at height training facilities
  • Dedicated RTC training area
  • Viewing windows to the appliance bays and drill yard from within the station dining area
  • External separate viewing area adjacent to the station drill yard

An assessment of the current design against the recently published guidance of the CLG’s, Achieving Design Quality In Fire and Rescue Service Buildings (December 2007), shows that the forethought given to the project identified and addressed most ‘best practice’ areas.

Dunstable Community Fire Station Information (.PDF)