Patchway Fire Station looks set to close by 2018, as part of major organisational shake-up announced by Avon Fire & Rescue.
The Patchway station, on the corner of Durban Road and Rodway Road, will be replaced by a new station that will be built “somewhere on the site of the former Filton Airfield”.
Southmead Fire Station will also close within the same timeframe, with the resources of both stations being amalgamated at the new site.
The Journal understands that the favoured location for the new station is close to the A38, at the eastern end of the former runway.
A document entitled ‘Investing for the Future’ explains the reasons for the reorganisation across the force’s operational area:
“Since 2010 Avon Fire & Rescue Service has made a total of £11m of savings and efficiencies. This has been achieved with no impact on the frontline service we provide.”
“Over the next few years we expect the money we receive from the Government to continue to fall, which means £4.5 million of further annual savings will need to be found on top of previous savings.”
“Making savings is never easy, particularly as we know how much you value the services we provide. We’ve been careful to make sure the plans we’ve made allow us to reduce running costs while maintaining the excellent service people expect.”
In relation to the merging of the Patchway and Southmead stations, another document published by the service, its Integrated Risk Management Plan, explains that the move will “save money from a reduction in the staff required and building overheads” and “match the demand for our services generated by the large scale development of residential housing on the former Filton Airfield site”.
Other changes also announced include the closure of Keynsham and Brislington fire stations and the amalgamation of their resources at a new strategically located fire station on the Avon Ring Road in Kingswood.
The fire service claims the changes will have no impact on operational response standards or the budget available to spend on vehicles and equipment.