FIRE chiefs are looking to possibly build a new £5.3 million state-of-the-art training centre near Ryton.
Two possible sites have been earmarked – at Coney Grey Farm on the A423 at Ryton and nearby Blue Boar Farm on the A45 near Thurlaston – both of which are owned by Warwickshire County Council.
Currently training is carried out at two sites – at Nuneaton Fire Station and the former police station building in Bedworth – but both are dated and far from ideal.
The new facilities would include a small purpose built training centre with a real fire training facility, incident command training suite, driver training facilities, and suitable offices and changing facilities.
A training centre in the Ryton area could also open the way for another possible fire station to serve the borough. Such a hub could also serve police and ambulance services.
County fire chiefs were originally considering moving Leamington Fire Station from its current town centre station to an out of town site as part of plans to also create the new training facilities.
But top brass have now decided fit for purpose training facilities remain a priority and there is no ‘operational benefit’ in moving the Leamington station providing it is up to the job.
The details are set to be discussed at a meeting of Warwickshire County Council’s Cabinet on Tuesday (January 27).