Staffordshire’s first brand new community fire station will be officially opened on Friday 3rd September.
"The people of Stafford have clearly welcomed this new station and we hope the community involvement and their sense of ownership will continue to grow in the coming months."
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford
Rising Brook Community Fire Station in Stafford will be opened by Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Len Bloomer. Local dignitaries, including Borough and County Councillors, community leaders and MP Jeremy Lefroy will attend the ceremony. The firefighters based at the station and their families have also been invited to the event, which will include a tour of the new facility.
Since "going live" on 2nd August firefighters have already attended over 50 incidents and over 500 members of the public have passed through the doors, as part of the "meet the neighbours" events that have been held.
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford said: "This event will mark the official opening of our first brand new community fire station, so it is set to be a very momentous occasion. The new station has already captured the interest of the local community and to have over 500 people through the doors in just three weeks is fantastic news. The people of Stafford have clearly welcomed this new station and we hope the community involvement and their sense of ownership will continue to grow in the coming months."
Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Len Bloomer commented: "We’re extremely impressed with this new facility and the response from the local community has already exceeded our expectations! As the first to open, Rising Brook has set a very high standard for the nine other new community fire stations that will follow."
The state of the art facility is the first of ten brand new community fire stations to open in Staffordshire. The building comes complete with a community room and houses one fire engine. The new station is staffed by firefighters contracted to the retained duty system, meaning that they are within five minutes of the station and respond to incidents when their pager alerts them. A total of 18 firefighters are working from the station.
The station is one of ten new facilities being built under a private finance initiative (PFI) project. The consortium delivering the project is called Fire Support (see Notes to Editor 1). Construction company, Stepnell, have constructed the new building and COFELY Ltd are providing 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 the Fire and Rescue Authority and the local community."