skip to content

Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Capsule to be Buried under Brand New Fire Station

With building work well underway at the brand new Community Fire Station in Sandyford - local organisations are preparing to make history by burying a time capsule in the grounds of the new station.

The capsule has been put together in conjunction with local organisations including Chell Residents Association, Churchill China and three local primary schools (see notes to editor). The time capsule burial ceremony will take place on Wednesday 21st at 11am at the station site on Reginald Mitchell Way, Sandyford.

Items which will be buried in the time capsule will include; traditional pottery, CD’s complete with photographs of the school children and some of their recent work, a copy of the Sentinel newspaper, station registers which show information about fire calls and also an accident book from the 1950’s taken from Hanley Fire Station.

“I think this time capsule is wonderful idea and thanks must go to all those people who have contributed items."

Deputy Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Ross Irving

Stoke on Trent Assistant Area Commander, Glynn Luznyj commented: "The idea of a time capsule was developed at our first community station at Rising Brook in Stafford and the decision has been taken to roll this out to all the new fire stations being built.

"Pulling together items for the capsule has given us the opportunity to involve our local schools and staff in selecting items that reflect current thinking, technology, people involved and things that may be common to us now, but not in the future. Hopefully if and when the capsule is lifted in the future the items can tell a story of what was happening and being used as of July 2010."

Deputy Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Ross Irving said: “I think this time capsule is wonderful idea and thanks must go to all those people who have contributed items. "It’s a very exciting time for the fire and rescue service and the local people who will benefit from this new community fire station when it opens later in the year."

The ceremony will be opened by Lord Mayor, Cllr Denver Tolley and will see representatives from the fire and rescue service and the organisations involved, gathering to bury the capsule underneath a slab in the appliance bay floor.

Construction at the £4.5 million state of the art facility began last year and it is due to be open in early November.