Firefighters relocate to Wellington College for station rebuild to get underway

Crowthorne at Wellington College

Crowthorne firefighters are taking up residency in their temporary home within the grounds of Wellington College from April 2019 for the duration of the fire station rebuild.

On 15 April 2019, the crew of 14 officially relocated to Wellington College while the work on the fire station gets underway. The brand new, contemporary fire station will provide the local community with a modern facility. It will have space for a fire engine and 4X4 vehicle, the modern equipment used by the firefighters, an office space for fire service staff, as well as the police and ambulance, a compact gym to support firefighters in maintaining their high fitness standards and lastly a bookable community room.

Watch Manager, Tony Jell, said: “We are really grateful to Wellington College for rehoming us while the work takes place. I would also like to place on record, in advance of the work, my thanks to the local residents and businesses for their patience while the rebuild takes place.

“Crowthorne Fire Station is on-call, which means we respond from our home or place of work so need to be able to reach the fire engine within a certain timeframe. Due to Wellington College’s location in Crowthorne, we will be able to continue to respond to emergency calls as we have for many years. The move to Wellington College is a sign that this work is well on its way to deliver a contemporary fire station to the local community.”

Julian Thomas, Master of Wellington College, commented: “The students and staff at Wellington College are excited about this opportunity to forge new links with the Crowthorne community. Service is important to Wellington; it is part of our DNA. Our students benefit enormously from their regular interactions with members of the local community and we are looking forward to playing our part in helping the Crowthorne firefighters to continue their excellent work.”

While the crew are relocated, local residents are asked to contact our headquarters in the first instance for non-emergency related queries on 0118 945 2888 or email [email protected]. In an emergency, always dial 999.   

Building work is due to begin in May 2019, with hoarding being placed around the building in early May. The rebuild is anticipated to be complete towards the end of summer 2020. 

Please be aware that the rebuild timescale is indicative.