CAMBORNE fire station celebrates its 50 golden years today.
The College Street facility was officially opened on January 7, 1963 by Sir John Carew Pole, the chairman of the then Cornwall County Council.
The opening of the station and engineering workshops at a cost of about £64,000, was said to be a "great occasion and not only for Cornwall", according to the West Briton and Royal Cornwall Gazette published on January 10, 1963.
The paper quoted the inspector of Fire Brigades, Mr Middleton, who also said the Home Office wished that there were more such occasions up and down the country. "We have genuinely tried our hardest to get more money for improvements and rebuilding fire stations but it is an uphill struggle. Recently, purse strings had been slackened a little and improvements were being made. Camborne was a very good example," Mr Middleton was quoted saying.
Camborne fire station incorporates engineering workshops, which service and maintain the brigade's fleet of fire appliances and support vehicles, and stores which provide uniforms and personal protective equipment to staff across the county.
Station manager Steve Benney said a modern community fire station today is very different from that of 50 years ago. He explained: "Its is not just in the sense of the vehicles housed within the station and the specialist rescue equipment that's carried on them, but it's also how the service targets resources when reducing risk in the community."
Camborne has had a fire unit since 1886 when it was equipped with a hose cart. The station will move to Tolvaddon in 2014 as part of a £8.2 million project to improve fire emergency cover in Camborne, Redruth and Hayle.