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Fire station given high-tech status

PUBLISHED: 13:24 25 March 2010 | UPDATED: 10:36 12 August 2010

A FIRE station is to become a hub for major incident equipment under London-wide plans announced by fire chiefs

A FIRE station is to become a hub for major incident equipment under London-wide plans announced by fire chiefs.

Beckenham fire station will be one of four incident support centres across the capital which will aim to group together specialist vehicles in readiness for a large scale emergency.

As part of the London Safety Plan, agreed by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, Beckenham will become home to a group of vehicles such as foam delivery and hose laying lorries.

A rescue centre will also be set up at Croydon fire station, containing specialist vehicles such as urban rescue units, which are used in building collapses.

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said "The new centres, combined with an even greater focus on fire safety in buildings are key factors in my plan to improve London's fire and rescue service over the next few years.

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