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MRS Training & Rescue Refurbish Mansfield Centre

MRS Training & Rescue's training centre in Mansfield in 2020

MRS Training & Rescue’s training centre in Mansfield has been refurbished – with updates that have transformed the old building into something exciting and new.

As part of the company’s continued growth, MRS Training & Rescue has worked closely with Mansfield District Council to agree a fresh identity for the building, that has adapted older spaces for modern needs.

Since the building first opened in February 1958, its appearance has remained largely unchanged and most locals will be familiar with the fire station style doors that have always adorned the front of the building.

The Mines Rescue (MRS Training & Rescue) station in Mansfield in 1962

It was purpose built to serve the coal mining industry and despite the deep mines closing (Thorseby closed in July 2015), the company has expanded and diversified to meet the needs of today’s health and safety market. Branching out from underground mining into providing a comprehensive range of health and safety related products, training and consultancy services to a wide range of industries. 

The investment in the Mansfield training centre includes the creation of three new classrooms and removing the old ‘fire station’ doors. Parking on site is now safer too with the addition of more spaces. This investment follows a record year for the business which recorded a 30% increase in profit and a 11% increase in staff numbers.

John Mowbray, Operations Manager, MRS Training & Rescue in Mansfield said: “This is a significant investment for our business, most especially during the challenging times the pandemic has brought. We have in fact been fortunate to buck the economic trend over the last 12 months and have remained fully operational helping to support our clients who work in business-critical industry.”

John added: “Modernizing the building was necessary, but its history still matters. It’s important we tell the story of what it once was, so we are creating a timeline to preserve its local history and its transformation through the years.”

“We would like to thank Mansfield District Council for the opportunity to revitalise this building and support us with the project.”

Hayley Barsby, Chief Executive of Mansfield District Council commented: “The council was pleased to approve the planning application to revitalise the building. The Mines Rescue Service played an important part in Mansfield’s past and this revived building can continue to be used to support Mansfield businesses in the future.”

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