Sad day for fireman as station shuts

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BOSHAM fire station has shut its doors for the final time and will now be sold off.

The closure was part of a major revamp which will save West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service an estimated £1.2m a year. Running the Bosham station was considered not cost-effective at £90,000 a year.

Chief fire officers said Bosham could be covered by neighbouring stations such as Chichester, because it is a low-risk area and had relatively few call-outs – a claim Bosham’s crew rejected. A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said the station would be sold off.

Crew commander Colin Bird, who retired after 35 years’ service, said: ‘We tried to convince the powers that be it was not a good idea, but it didn’t seem to have much sway. It’s a sad end to a long history at Bosham.’

To celebrate the station’s history a party is being held on May 20 at Bosham Village Hall. Tickets cost £5.