Schoolchildren join Greater Manchester Mayor for opening of Wigan Community Fire and Ambulance Station

Derek Wigan

Wigan Community Fire and Ambulance Station has officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony taking place at the brand new joint station in Robin Park Road.

We, along with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, were joined by local schoolchildren to celebrate the occasion along with special guests, including Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester Bev Hughes.

Paramedics and firefighters who also work at the station were joined by Year 6 pupils from nearby St Mark’s CE Primary School and their teachers.

The ceremony saw the Mayor of Greater Manchester cut a red and a green ribbon representing the two services, with the ribbons being held by 10-year-old Hollie Dickinson and Callum King from St Mark’s.

NWAS’ Chief Executive, Derek Cartwright, said: “This station is a first for us, the first new build joint site for ambulance and fire services and incorporates our new make ready system which enables us to get ambulances prepared and out on the road as quickly as possible. We hope to replicate this model throughout the whole of the region and Wigan will set the bar for others in the future.”

The station has replaced the old fire station in Robin Park Road in the centre of Wigan where firefighters and paramedics have been working side-by-side since autumn 2017.