The people of Biddulph are set to benefit from a refurbished fire station, complete with a community room.
"We are delighted that these much needed works are about to go ahead. The new station will have improved facilities and will allow us to achieve our aim of strengthening our links with the members of the community who can assist us to make people even safer."
Area Commander for the Moorlands, Tim Hyde
Refurbishment work will start at Biddulph Fire Station this week to improve the existing facilities and introduce new ones.
The current station, on Princess Street, will be modified in four phases, to allow personnel to continue working onsite with minimal disruption to their daily work and the surrounding community.
The first phase will see additional parking created at the rear of the building by demolishing an unused store and the creation of a fire tower to allow firefighters to train on station.
The second phase includes a new extension being constructed; the formation of an opening into the appliance bay for the watch office and a new pitched roof to replace the current felt one.
The third phase will see the appliance bay refurbished and finally staff will move into the newly refurbished phase two area whilst their previous working quarters are refurbished, including the creation of a community room and a female locker room.
Area Commander for the Moorlands, Tim Hyde said: "We are delighted that these much needed works are about to go ahead. The new station will have improved facilities and will allow us to achieve our aim of strengthening our links with the members of the community who can assist us to make people even safer.
"The crew at Biddulph are already a committed, professional group and the new station and training areas will allow them to achieve even more."
Biddulph Fire Station currently has 13 retained firefighters and a further two people are currently undergoing training to also become retained firefighters. The existing facilities will be improved to offer better access for all users including disabled people.
The revamp is also intended to replace the dated heating and electrical systems and to install modern energy efficient systems, whilst improving the appearance of the building at the same time.
A.M. Griffiths & Son Ltd have been contracted to undertake the refurbishment, which is expected to be completed by February 2011.
Biddulph Fire Station is the third fire station in the Moorlands to undergo a refurbishment. Longnor Fire Station is currently being refurbished, whilst Cheadle Fire Station was refurbished in 2008. Leek Fire Station has been earmarked for a complete rebuild under a £50 million private finance initiative project.