Igniting imagination as firefighter recruits lead to Immingham station expansion

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 29 Mar 2017

WORK to transform Immingham West Fire Station has been completed.

A significant investment has been made at the Rosper Road site after recruitment returned to Humberside Fire and Rescue Service for the first time in nearly a decade. 

To complement the new intake, a significant investment was agreed to transform the station into a purpose-built training facility. 

Inside the base.

Pan-Humber construction firm Hobson & Porter completed works at the site which plays a key role in protecting South Bank industry. 

The Immingham West facility has been fitted out with a host of new amenities, including living quarters, modernised shower and changing facilities, improved break-out areas and a bespoke teaching classroom. 

A refurbished outdoor training area has been developed with a marine firefighting unit, compartment fire behaviour training units, breathing apparatus chamber complex, heavy goods vehicle trailer, open water facilities and a silo, which ensures that new recruits will be put through their paces in a safe, challenging and realistic environment.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service’s director of service support, Steve Topham (pictured left), said that thanks to Hobson & Porter, which has offices in Hull and Lincoln, the station extension was able to be completed in time for the New Year arrival of new recruits, despite a very tight programme of works.

The former Cromwell Road firefighter, who worked in the construction industry briefly before donning a yellow helmet more than 20 years ago, said: “It was essential that the facility was completed in time for the beginning of our 13-week firefighter course. Any delay would have meant serious disruption to the tight training schedule. 

“It looked as though we may have been delayed at one point, but Hobson & Porter pulled out all stops to ensure the project was ready and the facility open on-schedule. The team’s professionalism and dedication to completing their work was outstanding, and their communication with the service was second to none.”

Hobson & Porter, behind Dong Energy’s award-winning Westermost Rough offshore wind farm base on Grimsby’s Royal Dock, is now working on its third Humberside Fire and Rescue project in two years in Hull, Bransholme, following Clough Road in 2015.

Business development director David Blades (pictured right) said: “For the projects at Clough Road and Immingham West we were required to work to a tight programme in order to get the new facilities open and ready for operation.

“We have received positive feedback and we hope the upgrade at Bransholme will be just as well-received when work is complete.”

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