Fire chiefs in Cheshire have been given the go-ahead to transform ageing stations in Middlewich and Sandbach.
They are set to be among the first to benefit from the Cheshire Fire Authority’s £8.5 million refurbishment programme for 21 fire stations over a five-year period.
Cheshire East Council has granted planning permission for improvement works at Middlewich and Sandbach fire stations.
Cheshire Fire Authority hopes to start work in mid-February, for completion by September 2020.
Renovation at Bollington and Tarporley fire stations took place earlier this year.
Audlem, Holmes Chapel, Northwich and Widnes stations are expected to be the next group of four to be upgraded.
The programme will then benefit stations in Congleton, Knutsford, Ellesmere Port and Malpas, before Macclesfield, Poynton, Frodsham and Winsford stations are upgraded.
It is expected to be completed in 2024 with the renovation of Nantwich, Wilmslow and Stockton Heath fire stations.
Cheshire Fire Authority approved the programme at the September 2018 meeting, where members were told that Runcorn, Macclesfield and Ellesmere Port stations would require the most work to be brought up to scratch.
A report presented at that meeting said that of the 21 stations to be renovated, 11 were built in the 1960s, six are from the 1970s, one was built in the 1980s and three are from the 1990s.