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Fire service extinguishes fire at County Mall, Crawley in minutes as centre unaffected

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Two fire crews attended a fire at County Mall todya within minutes of receiving the call.

The two crews from Crawley and Salfords were called after a fire was found within a waste compactor.

The incident happened just before 2pm today.

County Mall confirmed that the Fire Brigade were on site within minutes of being called and were able to quickly extinguish the fire.

No-one was injured and centre was unaffected and did not need to be evacuated.

West Sussex Fire and Resuce Service confirmed the fire was in the basement of the building.

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Take a virtual reality walk-through the £21m proposed fire training station for West Sussex

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Proposals for West Sussex’s first state-of-the-art fire service learning and development centre and new 24-hour fire station have been revealed.

West Sussex County Council is proposing the £21m development for land off the A24 at Highwood Mill, near Horsham.

You can take a virtual reality walk-through here:

A public exhibition to showcase the proposals will take place from 4 to 11 March at Horsham Library.

Two drop-in sessions for people to view the proposed development and chat to the fire service and architects will be held at the library on:

  • Thursday 5 March 4pm – 7pm
  • Saturday 7 March 9am – 12 noon

The 24-hour fire station will incorporate all the best practice around firefighters’ health and wellbeing, including designated ‘clean’, ‘transitional’ and ‘dirty’ areas for firefighters returning from incidents.

The learning and development centre will include residential accommodation to deliver firefighter training. In addition to various training rooms used for digital simulations and assessments, three ancillary buildings will assist in the delivery of real-life scenarios:

  • combined training tower and breathing apparatus facility
  • realistic live fire training facility which will have zero emissions
  • residential recruit training
  • multi-agency incident command training facility
  • realistic road traffic collision training area

The new facility has an emphasis on renewable energy sources, such as solar panels and air source heat pumps providing heating, in-line with the county council’s drive to become carbon neutral by 2030.

Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for the Fire and Rescue Service and Communities, said:

“These are incredibly exciting plans.

“It has long been our aspiration to build a state-of-the-art training facility for our firefighters and these will be among the best facilities in the UK.

“It has also been a vision for more than a decade to create a new fire station for Horsham. These are ground-breaking plans being put forward by the County Council for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and I would encourage people to come along to the public exhibition.”

Following the public exhibition, a planning application will be submitted in the spring.

HNW Architects are leading the design of the project and Willmott Dixon Construction have been appointed as the contractors to take forward the project.

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