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Dagenham fire station London Mk3, Mk2 and SS220HP
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No: 40868   Contributor: Petros   Year: 2018   Country: United Kingdom
Dagenham fire station London Mk3, Mk2 and SS220HP

24th February 2018. Dagenham is one of the new PFI stations in London. There is a window in the community room upstairs that allows you to look down. Compare with picture #23128.
Picture added on 28 February 2018 at 10:23
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What does PFI mean?

Added by Rob Johnson on 28 February 2018.
It means Private Finance Initiative. Hope this helps.

Added by Grant Melville on 01 March 2018.
Rob, PFI stands for Private Finance Initiative. This was a scheme set up by the Government in which public buildings are constructed and run by private companies but provided on a long term lease arrangement to the occupier. Typically after 25 years when the lease expires the occupier purchases the building.

Schools, hospital and fire stations have been built using this scheme which is now acknowledged as being more expensive than fully public funded projects.

Added by Andy Fish on 01 March 2018.
Thanks Andy.

Some similar schemes (scams?) are emerging here in the States, too!

Added by Rob Johnson on 01 March 2018.
in this case the private partner is Kier a construction company. They also do the ongoing maintenance and facilities management. These contracts are controversial in UK but have delivered a huge amount of new infrastructure. The argument is that it costs a great deal more than traditional govt borrowing. see www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42724939

Added by Petros on 01 March 2018.
PFI is nothing but a con, a complete and utter scam. Part of the deal was that new fire stations built under this scheme have to have, where ever possible, a ridiculous "community" element attached to them, i.e., be accessible to the public in the same way hospitals and schools already (sort of) were. This way they can claim the building actually "serves" the public, and is a real benefit to the local community on a much broader scale. Surely a fire station doesn't need to justify itself; its benefits to the community far outweigh any spacious airy "community" room - complete with flip-chart, tea- & coffee-making facilities, ample tableage, comfortable, funky-coloured chairs and numerous USB ports to boot. Available to book, just call this number... blah blah blah.

Ridiculous. Why on earth would any fire station manager worth his salt want any part of his station given over to weekly macrame lessons, geriatric yoga classes, or the AGM of The Disabled-Ethnic-Blind-and-visually-impaired-Dwarf-Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-and-Transgender-(and-those-not-quite-sure)-Outreach-Partnership? For any "group" for that matter! It's a fire station, for goodness sake!

Surely that's what community centres and village halls are for! The modern world sure is a ridiculous place....

Still, on the plus side, you can get nice interesting photos like this one!

Added by Yelp Bullhorn on 04 March 2018.
When I was a kid I always found the old 1904 Darlington CB fire station on Borough Road very open and welcoming, especially on Saturday mornings.

It didn't need any fancy financing or extra "community" designation for it to become my second home!

Added by Rob Johnson on 06 March 2018.
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