Opened in 2005, Byker Community Fire Station is located on Union Road, Byker on the east side of Newcastle city centre. It covers areas of both Newcastle and North Tyneside Councils, which include Byker, Walker, Heaton and Jesmond.
The station has three fire appliances and is staffed by 48 full time fire-fighters and 8 support staff. The staff are the main asset and, in addition to responding to emergencies, undertake a range of Community Safety (CS) activities that are primarily aimed at preventing fires and deaths and injuries in fires.
The main response for water incidents and floods is based at Newcastle East Community Fire Station and all operational staff are trained as Swiftwater Rescue Technicians. Equipment includes a Fireboat for use on the River Tyne as well as smaller emergency rescue boats which attends incidents on the River Wear and other inland water risks.
The station includes a Community Safety Centre, which houses the Community Team, Centre Administrator and Young Fire-fighters Association (YFA). A further police presence in a local beat office is also contained within the nearby Clifford Street Police Station providing for all the community’s safety and security needs.
The Community Safety Centre also boasts a 40 seater auditorium which has modern IT presentation capabilities and a meeting room for use by community groups. Computer facilities including access to the Internet, will also become available for further educational learning. This entire facilitywhich has been designed to be fully accessible and hence, enable usage by all of our visitors,is integrated within a fully functional fire station.