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



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.


Dramatic photos show extent of damage after M25 lorry fire



Credit: Salfords Fire Station @SalfordsFire999

There are still miles of queueing traffic on the M25 clockwise backing up from Jnc 6 after an overturned lorry caught fire this afternoon.

Dramatic photos taken by Salfords Fire Crew show the extent of the damage and the disruption caused after an incident involving a lorry on the M25.

Credit: Salfords Fire Station @SalfordsFire999

The incident happened on the clockwise carriageway between Jnc 6 and 7.

Photos from the scene taken by crew from Salfords Fire Station show the extent of debris that has come after the crews extinguished the fire.

The M25 was closed between Jnc 6 and 7 in both directions for most of the afternoon after the accident occured shortly after lunchtime.

The M25 was deserted as fire crews dealt with the fire. Credit: Salfords Fire Station @SalfordsFire999

Fire crews from Surrey, London, Kent and East Sussex were call to attend along with police and the highways agency.

At around 15:45 the anti-clockwise carriageway was reopened but the clockwise one remain closed.

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