FIREFIGHTERS have temporarily relocated to Wellington College while its firestation gets a new makeover.

Fourteen crew members from Crowthorne firestation moved to the new site on Monday, April 15 while works take place.

The fire station will have a new space for a fire engine and 4x4 vehicle, updated and modernised equipment for the firefighter and office space for staff as well as emergency services, such as the police and ambulance crews.

Tony Jell, watch manager, said: "Crowthorne fire station is on-call, which means we respond from our home or place of work so need to be able to reach the fire engine with a certain timeframe.

"Due to Wellington College's location in Crowthorne, we will be able to continue to respond to emergency calls as we have for many years.

"The move to Wellington College is a sign that this work is well on its way to deliver a contemporary fire station to the local community."

As well as having a new look to the fire station, firefighter will also get a brand new company gym to support training and fitness standards as well as a bookable community room.

Building work is due to begin next month in May and will be completed towards the end of summer 2020.

Julian Thomas, master of Wellington College, added: "The students and staff at Wellington College are excited about this opportunity to forge new links with the Crowthorne community.

"Our students benefit enormously from their regular interactions with members of the local community and we are looking forward to playing our part in helping the Crowthorne firefighters to continue their excellent work."

Local residents are asked to contact Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Crowthorne headquarters, in the first instance for non-emergency related queries on 01189452888.