FIRE crews have officially transferred over to their brand new station on Abbey Road, as residents watched on to see the engines leave Merstow Green for the final time.
Parades took place at the old station and the new one this morning (Monday) to mark the occasion.
More than 30 retired firefighters, who used to work at the Merstow Green station, also looked on as the engines and appliances conveyed along Abbey Road to the new station.
The new station, which was project managed by Place Partnership and built by Greswolde Construction, has two floors, three fire engine bays and a state-of- the-art strategic training facility that enables firefighters to prepare for different types of fires and rescues they face on a regular basis.
An official opening of the station will take place next year.
Chief Fire Officer Nathan Travis said: “Today we bid farewell to the old station in Merstow Green, which our crews from Evesham have operated from for the last 50 years.
“I’m extremely pleased that staff can now move into the new station which will be far more efficient, have lower maintenance costs and provide our firefighters with modern facilities that will help them train and respond in the best way possible.”
Chairman Derek Prodger MBE said: “It was a pleasure to see so many retired firefighters attend the event today, including the original station commander that opened Merstow Green.
“I’m delighted that Evesham now has a new fire station with some excellent facilities that will meet the needs of modern fire fighting for many years to come.”
The former station on Merstow Green will now be demolished to make way for a new Waitrose store as part of Wychavon District Council’s regeneration plan for the town centre.
Coun Frances Smith, Chairman of Wychavon District Council, said: “We’re immensely proud of the work our firefighters do and are delighted we have been able to play a part in delivering this wonderful, modern facility to enable them to continue their vital role, long into the future.”