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Capsule Buried Under Brand New Fire Station

Firefighter Julian Richards with St Luke's and Moorhill Primary School Children

With building work nearing completion at the brand new Community Fire Station in Cannock - local organisations have helped to make history by burying a time capsule in the grounds of the new station.

"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 January 2011."

Cannock Assistant Area Commander, Ian Broadhead

The capsule was put together in conjunction with local organisations including St Luke’s Primary School, Moorhill Primary School and the Staffordshire Regiment and was buried yesterday at the Old Hednesford Road site.

Items contributed to the capsule included current newspaper clippings, photographs, a Cannock town history booklet from the schools and the Staffordshire Regiment donated old and new photographs as well as a 50 year old cap badge and three brand new cap badges.

Cannock Assistant Area Commander, Ian Broadhead 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. 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 in Cannock when it opens later in the year.

"Pulling together items for the capsule gave 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 January 2011."

Teacher, Claire Jobburns from Moorhill Primary School said: "I think this time capsule is wonderful idea, the children were delighted to be taking part and had fun selecting and making items to put into it.

"All year groups participated and a selection of items, such as current newspaper clippings, the children’s hopes, dreams, likes and dislikes, the current UK Top 40 chart and a short film tour of our school have gone into the capsule."

Assistant Head Teacher, Helen Williams said: "St Luke’s School are proud of our community links and were delighted to be involved with the time capsule. The children have buried the time capsule with memories that will hopefully contribute to the history of Cannock in the future."

Construction work by the contractors Stepnell started on the new station in January 2010. Crews are expected to start moving across into the new station at the end of February. The existing station will then be demolished and a new drill yard built in its place.
Cannock Station Stats:
Number of workers: 50
Number of bricks to be used: 51,000
Number of square metres the site will cover: 9,140
Number of firefighters to be based at the station: 43
Building cost: £4.3 million