Fire training hub to be replaced by garages

Washington Hall Fire Training Centre in Euxton
Washington Hall Fire Training Centre in Euxton

Plans are in place for a firefighter training facility to be knocked down and replaced with a new garage for a fleet of fire engines.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has submitted plans to raze the former Washington Hall training building off Westway in Euxton.

It is the second phase of developing the site which will in the long-term include moving Chorley fire station from Weldbank Lane to the site.

John Taylor, spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: “There is a fleet of fully functional fire engines which are used for training purposes.

“They have to be able to driving out on the road and ensure the drivers know how to react to situations.

“The current garages are where we want to build the new fire station in the long-term.

“Even though we do not know when that is going to be, we want have the new garages ready so there is a smooth transition.

“When the move happens we will need the new station to be operational, and everything will have to be built. This is moving around the site in phases.

“The current building is a World War Two single storey barracks and was offices and a hall used for training overseas firemen.

“There is not as much demand from overseas now so we have enough lecture rooms and offices to train our own firemen on the site.”

Chorley Council planning officers will decide on the scheme but locally it has been met with concern.

Coun Peter Goldsworthy, who represents the Euxton area at Chorley Council, said: “It is very sad to see a bit of our history being knocked down but it is a very old building and is knackered.

“It’s a positive move that we are going to see it knocked down and replaced by a new station.

“This is progress and we will have a new fire station based in Chorley because of this.”