Firefighter loves his work so much he built fire station in garden

Hot property! Firefighter loves his work so much he built mock fire station in his back garden complete with pole and its own bar

  • Firefighter Kevin Francis, 49, from Upper Clatford, Hampshire, built his own fire station ‘shed’ in his garden
  • Mr Francis has been a firefighter for 31 years, his father Mervyn, 80, also served at the same time as his son
  • Fire station is complete with a pole, helmets, uniform, badges, and a bar used by family throughout lockdown

A firefighter has built his very own ‘fire station’ out of a shed in his back garden after he couldn’t bear to be away from the office.  

Kevin Francis, 49, from Upper Clatford, Hampshire, built the incredible life-like fire station after spending years collecting equipment, photographs and memorabilia to feature in the station.

Mr Francis, who has been a firefighter for 31 years, has always been interested in the fire service as his father, Mervyn, 80, also worked as a firefighter at the same time as his son.

Kevin Francis, 49, from Upper Clatford, Hampshire, built the incredible life-like fire station in his back garden after spending years collecting equipment

The fire station comes complete with a pole, helmets, uniform, badges, and even a fully working bar which the family have been using throughout lockdown

But Mr Francis’ homemade fire station has also become a hit with his friends and family, and he lets his friend’s children, including little Alfie Hardy, six, visit the award winning ‘shed’ to play.

Fire engine mad Alfie suffers from a single ventricle heart defect and hypermobility which has left him spending a large amount of his childhood in hospitals.

Mr Francis explained: ‘I had collected memorabilia like a whole set of different uniforms through the ages, old pictures, posters of my career and even old toy fire engines for years so I wanted to put them to good use.

‘My parents and I built the whole thing from scratch whilst I was off sick from work; it took us six months and we had to get planning permission for it because it was so big.

Kevin Francis (pictured), who has been a firefighter for 31 years, has always been interested in the fire service as his father, Mervyn, 80, also worked as a firefighter

The interior of Kevin Francis’s fire station shed where a cloakroom stores uniforms, boots and safety equipment

The space is also used as a practical space with a workshop room where Mr Francis does DIY and other projects

Items salvaged from old fire stations create the realistic atmosphere that surrounds the novelty garden fire station

‘I have been in the fire service since I was 18-years-old and I’ve always loved the history behind it.

‘It’s been an amazing space to use throughout lockdown; I have two children and we have been able to use it as a get together space when we’re allowed to.

‘The bar actually came from an old fire station.

‘I met Alfie’s mother whilst on a first aid training course and she mentioned how sick he was and how much he loved fire engines so I thought it would be nice to let him come down and have a look around.

 But Mr Francis’ homemade fire station has also become a hit with his friends and family, and he lets his friend’s children, including little Alfie Hardy, six, (pictured) visit  the ‘shed’ to play


Fire engine mad Alfie suffers from a single ventricle heart defect and hypermobility which has left him spending a large amount of his childhood in hospitals (left), pictured trying out the pole at the shed (right)

Alfie with the hose outside the fire station. Mr Francis met Alfie’s mother on a first aid training course where he heard how much Alfie loved fire engines

‘He played with some of the equipment, slid down the pole and just had a great time.

‘He’s really unwell so it felt amazing to be able to offer him this experience a month before he went in for another open heart surgery’.

Mr Francis said: ‘I was originally inspired to build the fire engine because one of my friends had built a pub shed in his back garden and it looked like a lot of fun so I wanted to give it a go.

‘My wife told me I had to do something with all the memorabilia in the loft so I put it to good use.

‘My dad loves it because he also worked in the fire services and there’s pictures of him in there when he worked in the fire service.’It brings back a lot of memories’.

Mr Francis fire station shed being built from a standard shed frame. The shed took six months to build and required planning permission because it was so large 

The interior of Kevin Francis’s fire station shed  where pictures of firecrews from his and his father’s time in the firestation hang on the wall

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