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Tamworth Fire Station to be Renamed!

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have announced that the new name for Tamworth Fire Station on its current Lichfield Street site will be ‘Tamworth Mercia Community Fire Station,’ once it has been demolished and rebuilt during 2011.

"We are pleased with the response we received from the public survey and look forward to the time when both of the community stations are functional and are adding value to the communities they serve."

Area Commander for Tamworth, Del Roberts

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service personnel took to the streets of Tamworth in April to ask local people which name out of a number of options they preferred. Of the people surveyed on the day, 45% voted for Tamworth Mercia Community Fire Station.

Tamworth will soon benefit from two community stations, as a brand new £4.1m state of the art facility, funded through a private finance initiative, is currently under construction on Marlborough Way and is due to officially open in November 2010.

Once Tamworth Belgrave Community Fire Station is open, work will begin to demolish the existing station on Lichfield Street and rebuild that station as ‘Tamworth Mercia Community Fire Station.’

The fire station will be a retained fire station in addition to the brand new wholetime fire station on Marlborough Way. Retained means firefighters will be within a five minute journey to the station and wholetime means crews will on station 24/7.

Tamworth Mercia Community Station will be a modernised version of the existing station and will include a room for community use.

Area Commander for Tamworth, Del Roberts said: "The name was chosen by the public in Tamworth. The name ‘Mercia’ is ancient Saxon Kingdom whose King, Offa built his palace at Tamworth in the 8th century.

"We are pleased with the response we received from the public survey and look forward to the time when both of the community stations are functional and are adding value to the communities they serve.

"I am particularly pleased that we are able to include such public assets in the promotion of Tamworth, linking with its historic past and promoting Tamworth as the ancient capital of Mercia, I think the community of Tamworth have made an excellent choice."

Fire and Rescue Authority Member, Cllr John Wells commented: "It is wonderful news that Tamworth’s Fire Station will have a new name with a historical link. It will be very beneficial for the Tamworth community to have two fire stations here and I am looking forward to seeing both stations completed."

What do you think of the new station name? Send your comments to pfiproject@staffordshirefire.gov.uk.