01:30PM, Monday 09 March 2015
A new fire station 'fit for Windsor' was officially declared open on Saturday.
The purpose-built base in Tinkers Lane was funded by the Royal Borough and replaces the former site at St Mark's Road.
Chairman of the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, Colin Dudley, was joined by leader of the Royal Borough, Cllr David Burbage for the opening ceremony.
Together the pair unveiled a plaque marking the opening of the new life-saving facility.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Cllr Burbage, said: "The residents will clearly benefit from this new facility. We have been trying to get this 24-hour facility since 2006.
"It is really great that we are able to officially open it today.
"It will go down really well with local residents. It is fit for purpose, fit for now, fit for the future and fit for Windsor."
Building work on the new headquarters took about six months to complete and includes an office space, kitchen area, gym facilities, and garage for one pump.
It also has a bedroom and living room for firefighters to relax in while waiting for that important call.
The fire station has been operational since November and cost about £600,000.
It is owned by the Royal Borough whilst the staffing, equipment and operational management are undertaken by the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service. (RBFRS)
As part of the opening ceremony guests were invited to take a tour around the new facilities and also meet with members of Greenwatch who are based at the station.
Mr Dudley praised the hardwork and collaboration of the Royal Borough and the RBFRS which made the new station a reality.
He added: "Firefighters working from Tinkers Lane will continue to play a vital role in protecting and enhancing the lives of people in and around Windsor and long may that continue."
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