CAMBORNE fire station celebrates its 50 golden years this week.
The College Street facility was officially opened on January 7, 1963, by Sir John Carew Pole, the chairman of 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.
Camborne fire station incorporates engineering workshops, which service and maintain the brigade's fleet of fire appliances and support vehicles, and stores that 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 added: "It 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."
Mr Benney said the role of a modern fire and rescue service has increased to cover fire prevention, protection and responding as well.
"A lot of our work now focuses on how we can prevent accidents and emergencies happening in the first place, as we believe this is the best way to protect our communities.
"We do this by providing advice and education through events, visits, campaigns and partnership working.
"Alongside this work we also provide a 999 response service to a range of incidents and emergencies from road traffic collisions and fires to flooding and chemical spills."
Camborne has had a fire unit since 1886 when it was equipped with a hose cart bought by the public.
Camborne fire station will move to Tolvaddon in 2014 as part of an £8.2 million project to improve fire emergency cover in Camborne, Redruth and Hayle.