Abercarn Fire Station

Abercarn Fire Station 

Abercarn fire station is situated on the Prince of Wales industrial estate adjacent to the A467, and serves the main towns of Abercarn, Newbridge, and the surrounding villages of Cwmcarn, Crumlin, and Swffryd. It serves an estimated population of 24,000 people, and covers an area of 5180 hectares/20sq miles.

Newbridge, Abercarn and Crumlin form the urban centres, all surrounding the river Ebbw, Abercarn fire station serves a wide array of risks from commercial and industrial premise, residential property currently increasing at a steady growth rate, mainly terraced houses, with some larger new residential developments offering executive and affordable housing.

These villages are surrounded by farmed, natural and managed forestry. We also have seven square miles of Cwmcarn Forest Drive and Mountain bike centre which is visited by 60,000 people every year.

Running through Abercarn is two arterial trunk roads the A472 and the A467 this presents a mix of dual and single carriageways The roads serve as commuter routes to Newport and Cardiff.  With a single rail link permanent way linking Cardiff to Ebbw Vale.

Community Initiatives

  • Community home fire safety visits
  • Educational visits-key stages one and two
  • Visits to local retirement complexes/residential care establishments
  • Seasonal campaigns
  • Joint RTC initiatives with police force, and welsh ambulance service
  • Fire safety courses with local scout group
  • Partners with Cynon Valley Crime Prevention in Newbridge Comprehensive School

Staff

  • 12 Retained Duty System (RDS) Firefighters with scope for recruitment
  • 4 Supervisory Managers
  • 1 Station Manager

What’s Happening Now?

Following SWF&RS Risk Reduction Plan, which commenced in 2007, the Station has undergone a change to the crewing system. It is currently actively recruiting personnel within the locality to undertake Retained Duty System (RDS) which replaced the Day-Crewed system in 2011.

History

  • Station built in 1975 on the site of the Prince of Wales Colliery.

  • In 1878 the colliery suffered the 2nd worst mining disaster in the UK.

  • It replaced the station at "The Old Council Yard West End Abercarn" which had 1 WDS WRL, 1 RDS WRL and a Rescue Tender.

  • The Station Changed from Shift to Day Crewing in 1979 and day crewed to RDS in 2011.

  • Prior to amalgamation served as Divisional HQ, Fire Safety HQ and Training school for Gwent Fire Brigade.


Station Address

Darren Drive
Prince of Wales Industrial Estate
Abercarn
NP11 5AR

Station Overview

Type: Retained
Personnel: 21
Appliances:
1 x Water Ladder
1 x Light Pump Unit 4x4 
1 x Environmental Protection Unit
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Page Last Updated on 05/10/2015
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