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East Yorkshire fire station expansion plans to house new ‘rural’ engines

Plans have been drawn up to make room for Humberside’s new fire and rescue vehicles serving rural areas by expanding the Hornsea Fire Station.

Plans submitted to the East Riding Council propose to build an additional bay at the station, at Southgate. Planning documents say the extra bay is now needed after securing a vehicle capable of driving on narrow rural roads, unlike its existing fire trucks.

The extension, if approved by a council planning committee, would see the fire station expand by 55m², from its existing footprint of 243m². The total area covered by the fire station, including the building and surrounding grounds, is 1,857 m².

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Plans propose to build the new bay from a galvanized steel frame which would have an estimated lifespan of over 10 years. PVC materials would also be used as the cover which is expected to last for more than five years.

Planning documents indicated that the proposed bay would be temporary until a more permanent structure could be built. The documents said: “Humberside Fire recently purchased new devices for stations serving rural communities.

Plans have been drawn up to house new vehicles better suited to rural roads than the service’s existing ones

“Existing devices, although still required, can struggle on narrow rural roads, so Humberside Fire has invested in additional devices to complement its existing vehicles.

“The new devices are designed specifically to access remote locations along rural roads. The new devices therefore urgently require an enclosure so that in an emergency the devices are safe from freezing and snow.

“The proposed device bay is seen as an immediate but temporary solution until a more traditional device bay can be built or an existing device is decommissioned.” The plans come after the fire station was expanded in 2011, following the approval of a planning application.

The station is currently staffed by 18 part-time volunteers. It was opened at its current Southgate location in 1965.