Over 250 people attended the first drop in session held at Sandyford Community Fire Station yesterday.
"We were overwhelmed by the response from the public to the first drop in session."
Assistant Area Commander, Glynn Luznyj
The station, which opened to the public yesterday, will ‘go live’ at 1pm on Friday, when firefighters on white watch start responding from the station.
Further drop in sessions are being held today and tomorrow from 2pm – 4pm and on Saturday from 1pm – 4pm. No booking is required and visitors will get a tour of the new station and have the opportunity to find out more about the fire and rescue service. Car parking is free and refreshments will be provided.
Assistant Area Commander for Stoke-on-Trent, Glynn Luznyj said: “We were overwhelmed by the response from the public to the first drop in session. Now that they know what community facilities are available to them, we hope they will return to make use of them.
“The firefighters will start responding to incidents from Friday, so you never know the public may be at one of the drop in sessions when they respond to their first emergency call from the station.”
A further community session is being held on Tuesday 2nd November from 12 noon – 2pm. The Celebrate Safely Event will give fire safety advice in relation to fireworks, candles and cooking in preparation for key celebratory events in the calendar, including Bonfire Night, Diwali, Eid and Christmas.
Partner and community groups can book the new facilities, which seat up to 30 people, by ringing 01785 898734 or 01785 898897 during office hours. Slots are available weekdays from 9am – 10pm and at weekends from 9am – 5pm. Regular bookings have already been taken by two community groups, The Kidsgrove Wheelers and North Staffs Group of Advanced Motorists.