Emergency response unit plan

PUBLISHED: 17:11 17 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:18 24 May 2010

NAILSEA's fire station could soon be expanded at a cost of £1.56million to create a regional base to deal with major emergencies in the West. The proposal comes in the wake of the September 11 attacks as the Government seeks to improve the country's abili

NAILSEA's fire station could soon be expanded at a cost of £1.56million to create a regional base to deal with major emergencies in the West.The proposal comes in the wake of the September 11 attacks as the Government seeks to improve the country's ability to respond to disasters.If given the go-ahead, high-volume pumps, search and rescue equipment and a mass decontamination unit would be housed at the Clevedon Road site.Its facilities would also include a lecture theatre, a workshop and kennels for search and rescue dogs.The regional base would be staffed by 16 full-time and 14 part-time firefighters.At the time of going to press, a planning application had yet to be lodged with North Somerset Council, but was said to be imminent.A spokesman for Avon Fire and Rescue Service said: "Nailsea has been earmarked for the regional base as it's the only site we own or use which is suitable for the facilities which need to be put in place."The centre would deal with major incidents such as rail crashes and buildings collapses as well as responding to the terrorist threat."The base will serve the area from Gloucestershire to Cornwall in collaboration with Devon Fire and Rescue Service."The funding of the centre is still being negotiated. Its equipment is being provided by the Government." Cllr Glyn Duck, a North Somerset councillor and a member of Avon Fire Authority, said: "The new regional centre can only lead to the residents of North Somerset and beyond having an improved fire service.

More from Weston Mercury

56 minutes ago

The first of this year’s Go Kids Go! money has been spent by a Weston-based scout group.

Read more
Yesterday, 21:00

Festive fliers have been advised to pack presents in their hold luggage to avoid them being unwrapped at security.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:00

Girls from across the Extend Learning Academies Network in Weston came together for an inter-schools football tournament.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

Weston stroke survivors could benefit from a ‘life-changing’ new rehabilitation programme.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

A couple’s home was raided while they were partying the night away at a police ball. The story featured in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

Indie rock band The Zutons will perform in Bristol next spring.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00

Work has begun on Weston’s £11million flagship food and drink centre, which is expected to bring 250 jobs to the area.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:50

Significant improvements to day-time operations at Weston General Hospital’s A&E have been recognised by health inspectors.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:58

An action-packed superhero adventure comes to cinema screens next week, and Mercury readers will win tickets to see it.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:58

The family of a Worle youngster have praised their son’s bravery after he won a Somerset Award.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Heavy Showers

Heavy Showers

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 4°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists