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Tribute as fire station closes.

FIREFIGHTERS have stood down at Kineton Fire Station after more than a century of service.

Its seven-strong, part-time crew, manning one appliance, stood down this week for the last time.

Two have transferred to a new station at Wellesbourne and the remaining five have become redundant and been given severance pay.

The move follows the closure in May, 1998, of the nearby Tysoe station, which had been in operation since 1897.

The new Wellesbourne station, along with crews from Fenny Compton, Shipston and Leamington, will provide fire cover for the area, able to respond in under 20 minutes in accordance with national guidelines.

Warwickshire County Fire Officer Brian Hibbert said: "I would like to pay tribute to all the firefighters who have served at Kineton fire station for their dedication and bravery in protecting the people of Kineton.

"It is obviously sad to close a fire station but with a new station operating a short distance away in Wellesbourne, I am confident that Kineton and the surrounding area will be adequately served."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 22, 1999
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