Marlow Fire Station
Parkway, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 1RA
Drill nights are held on Tuesdays, from 7pm to 10pm.
Marlow is an expanding old market town with both new and established industry close to the A404, three miles south of High Wycombe. The area served by the fire station borders both Oxfordshire and Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Services and includes large areas of woodland, farmland, the River Thames and part of the M40.
The station currently houses a fire engine and an OSU (Operational Support Unit) crewed by Retained Duty System (on-call) staff who respond to incidents from their ‘normal’ jobs working in the local community. It also houses one of the British Red Cross's Fire & Emergency Support Service vehicles crewed by volunteer staff.
A fire boat was based at the station for many years, but this was transferred to Beaconsfield Fire Station on 4 December 2009 following a review of Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service's water rescue service.
In charge at the station is Watch Manager Richard Boast. Richard and his staff have a long-standing and proactive involvement in community fire safety, including Home Fire Risk Checks and visits to the fire station by local groups.
Marlow Fire Station relocated from Cambridge Road to a magnificent new building in Parkway in August 2005, with the official opening on 1 October.
The station is also home to Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service's Wycombe and South Bucks Fire Safety Office.
The opening was well attended, with representatives from Buckinghamshire County Council, Wycombe District Council and the local Parish Councils. Distinguished guests included the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire Mrs Jenny Hopkirk, Marlow Town Mayor Councillor Roger Wilson and the Vice Lord Lieutenant Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher and his wife Lady Bobbie.
Guests were given on a tour of the premises by Chief Fire Officer Damian Smith, Area Manager Laurie Wylie and Sub Officer Richard Boast. They had the opportunity to talk to Fire Safety representative Sean Fanning and see a demonstration of new Vector software by Mark Watson.
Marlow's Retained Duty System firefighters then put on a firefighting display in the station's drill yard.
Guests were formally welcomed to the station by the Chief Fire Officer and Councillor David Rowlands, Chairman of Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority.
Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher then gave a speech praising the retained firefighters for the dedicated job they do, and their families for the invaluable support they give, before officially opening the station by unveiling the commemorative plaque.