Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Services is set to officially open a brand new state of the art Maintenance Facility that will house its Transport and Engineering department.
The £3 million facility, built by St Modwen, at Trentham Lakes in Stoke-on-Trent will allow it to carry out repairs and servicing to all 208 of the Service’s vehicles and associated equipment in one location. This includes fire engines, response cars, specialist appliances and equipment.
The new facility will be officially opened by Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Len Bloomer during an event being held on 20th May. Attendees will include Chief Fire Officers, Fleet Engineers, from across the region, representatives from St Modwen and partners of the staff based at the new facility. The property includes 12 vehicle servicing and repair bays alongside a machine workshop, small spray booth, storage areas for equipment and a training / meeting room.
A team of 20, comprising of managers, technicians, storekeeper and admin personnel, who also deal with the design, purchase and allocation of new vehicles, will be based at the new facility. The Service has also taken on an apprentice vehicle technician who will be on a four year development programme.
"We are absolutely thrilled with the new Transport and Engineering Maintenance Facility. It really is a top of the range facility that will be the envy of other fire and rescue services across the country!
"This is our first new building to open in 2010; we have three brand new community fire stations also opening this year so it really is an exciting and busy time for the Service."
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford
Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Len Bloomer added: "Having a single centrally located site at which we can maintain all of our vehicles and operational equipment is a huge asset to Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority and will enable us to continue to ensure all of our fire engines and equipment through out the County are maintained to the highest possible standards every single day of the year."
Fleet Engineering Manager, Rob Mason said: "The new location at Trentham Lakes is a big improvement for the department as the road network allows better and quicker access to all stations day and night. To have this purpose built facility to work from with all the relative equipment has taken the whole department forward into the 21st Century and future proofed the Service’s Transport and Engineering department.
"Delivering this project on budget and on schedule was not only vital to the Fire Service but also to the local community which requires a reliably and fit for purpose Fire and Rescue fleet 365 days of the year," commented Andy Cox, development surveyor for St. Modwen (which manages the project for Stoke-on-Trent Regeneration Ltd).
"Our experience in working with the public sector and local authorities enabled us to project manage this development without an external lead contractor, ensuring a close working relationship with the client from start to finish.
"Built to specific requirements, the building will maximise the efficiencies of the Service while providing a pleasant working environment for employees who we hope will enjoy being part of the thriving commercial community here at Trentham Lakes. We are thrilled with the finished property and feel honoured to have provided the Service with a modern facility that will support all 30 fire stations across the county."
Annual servicing and large repairs will be carried out within the premises with safety inspections, minor servicing and repairs undertaken at the various 30 fire stations located throughout the county of Staffordshire. The Service’s Transport and Engineering Maintenance Facility was previously located at Hanley Fire Station; however it was moved to make way for the brand new community fire station which will start being built later this year.