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Redcar fire station to become centre for young people

Artist's impression of new Redcar fire station
Image caption The new fire station is due to open in spring 2011

Work has begun to convert a Teesside fire station into a community facility for young people.

The project at Redcar Fire Station has seen firefighters temporarily move to nearby Kirkleatham Business Park.

The new "one-stop-shop" for youngsters will involve Cleveland Fire Brigade, Cleveland Police as well as local council and health officials.

The revamped £1.4m facility, which will offer health and welfare advice, is due to be completed by the Spring of 2011.

Jean O'Donnell, chair of Cleveland Fire Authority, said: "We are very excited about this unique and innovative partnership between ourselves and other local agencies.

"This new facility will see a huge change in our ability to help and influence local youngsters.

"We want it to act as a one-stop-shop for anyone wishing to access young people's services in the area, thereby improving young people's life chances and aspirations."

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