Ipswich fire station completes temporary relocation


On 12 November 2020, Princes Street Fire Station in Ipswich will complete its temporary relocation to the Army Reserve Centre on Yarmouth Road.

The move is due to the refurbishments and improvements being made at Princes St which will see Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and Suffolk Constabulary share a new blue light hub in about a year’s time.

Group Commander Nigel Vincent from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, said:

“I want to reassure people that the temporary fire station will be fully functional, with no loss of fire cover for the residents of Ipswich or the surrounding communities that the station presently serves.

“We have suitable bays to house the fire appliances and a new temporary building has been constructed in the drill yard to accommodate the crews.

“We’re grateful to our colleagues at the Army Reserve Centre for being so accommodating and cooperative. I’d also like to thank those who live nearby for their understanding during the temporary arrangements. We have all been working hard to ensure the new arrangements will have little or no negative impact on local residents and the community."

Councillor Richard Rout, Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection at Suffolk County Council, said:

“The Princes St refurbishment is an exciting project and will give our crews and Police colleagues a modern base to work from. We already have 16 stations across Suffolk, where Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service share facilities with Suffolk Constabulary or East of England Ambulance Service, and there are further collaborations planned.

“These partnerships enable us all to deliver savings on the cost of running multiple buildings, but also allow emergency services to work even more closely together in supporting and engaging with their local communities.”