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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

First New Community Fire Station Set to Open

Firefighters in front of new station
Rising Brook firefighters in front of the new station

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s first brand new community fire station opens on Monday. Rising Brook Community Fire Station in Stafford will ‘go live’ on Monday 2nd August at 8am.

"As the first to open Rising Brook will lead the way and set the standard for the nine community fire stations that will follow."

Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Chris Enness

The state of the art building is the first of ten brand new community fire stations to open in Staffordshire. It is the first fire station to open in an area where there has never previously been a station for over 35 years (see Notes to Editors).

Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Chris Enness said: "To have our first new community fire station open is absolutely fantastic news. This isn’t just a base that the firefighters respond to incidents from; this is a community embracing service that is set in the heart of the local area. Like never before we will be able to engage and educate the community in a positive, interactive way.

"As the first to open Rising Brook will lead the way and set the standard for the nine community fire stations that will follow."

Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Len Bloomer commented: "It’s a very exciting time for both the Service and the community who will benefit from this new station. The team have worked extremely hard to ensure that this project has been delivered on time, to an excellent quality and to budget, so to meet this important milestone is a real achievement."

The building comes complete with a community room and houses one fire engine. The new station is retained duty system meaning that firefighters are within five minutes of the station and respond to incidents when their pager alerts them. A total of 18 firefighters have been recruited and trained and they have spent the past 18 months working with their colleagues at Stafford Fire Station to gain operational experience.

Rising Brook Watch Manager, Chris Hughes added: "We’re are extremely excited for the station going live and we are all fully prepared for when the pagers alert us to that first emergency incident.

"We’re holding ‘meet the new neighbours’ events throughout the month of August so we’re really looking forward to inviting the local community in and giving them a tour of the new station."

The station is one of ten new community fire stations being built under a private finance initiative (PFI) project. The consortium delivering the project is called Fire Support (see Notes to Editor 2). Construction company, Stepnell, have constructed the new building and COFELY Ltd will provide the ongoing facilities management.

Fire Support General Manager, Ian Bolden said: "Fire Support is proud to have delivered the first of the ten stations in this project exactly to programme. The builders, Stepnell Ltd have done a first class job in achieving the high quality demanded and we now look forward to an on-going partnership, with Fire Support and Cofely Ltd providing an up to date fire station to Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority and the local community."

‘Meet the new neighbours’ events will be held at the new station on weekdays from 9th August through to the 27th August at 2pm – 4pm. Booking is not necessary, however large groups should contact Rising Brook Watch Manager, Chris Hughes on 01785 898924 in advance.