Hartlepool Headland Fire Station work under way

Artist's impression of the station Work on the new building is expected to be completed by the autumn

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Work is under way on a new £800,00 fire station in Hartlepool.

The station, which is being built at the existing Headland Fire Station on Durham Street, replaces the existing facility which is nearly 50 years old.

Work has now begun to demolish the existing building. A temporary station has been built in a nearby car park to prevent "disruption to services".

Robbie Payne, chairman of Cleveland Fire Authority, said he was "delighted" work had started.

Cleveland Fire Brigade said the new station would "meet the needs" of a modern fire and rescue service.

It is one of six retained fire stations maintained by Cleveland Fire Brigade.

Retained firefighters only attend the fire station when they receive an emergency callout.

Work on the new building is expected to be completed by the autumn.

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