Official Opening of refurbished Cupar Fire Station

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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s retained fire station at Cupar was officially re-opened by Chief Officer Alasdair Hay on Wednesday 28th August 2013.

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The project took 10 months to complete from 1st October 2012 to 23rd July 2013 and was completed within the £700,000 budget that was provided through a Fife Council grant.  The new improved station provides state of the art lecture facilities and meeting rooms for community use as well as new locker rooms, additional kitchen and disabled toilet.  These facilities will allow the service to provide an extended range of services to the community of Cupar and the surrounding areas.

Local Senior Officer for Fife Iain Vincent said “The newly-refurbished Cupar fire station will be the base for around 22 retained firefighters. Retained firefighters are an integral part of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and they play a key role in keeping our communities safe.

“The refurbishment allows for community access as well as better accommodation needs for the staff.  It also gave us the chance to remove asbestos from the building.

“We would like to thank Elmwood College and Gordon Ogilvie for their support and temporary accommodation they provided in those 10 months of refurbishment. Their support allowed us to continue as a working retained fire station in the community of Cupar. Thanks also go to the local Councillors who have given their full support for this refurbishment.”

Councillor Neil Crooks, Chair of Fife Council Fire and Rescue Transition Committee said “Our firefighters are among the hardest working, most dedicated and committed employees we have. I am delighted that we have been able to invest in this refurbishment as it will make a major contribution to the safety of communities across the Kingdom – one of the Council’s top priorities.”

Watch Manager at Cupar Mark Cook said “The new community fire station at Cupar is now a fire Station fit for purpose for the modern Scottish Fire Service. It will be a huge asset for the people of Cupar and surrounding areas for years to come! The moral of the staff working out of Cupar is at an all time high.”

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