Cannock firefighters will move into their brand new community fire station on Monday.
"We’re really pleased with the new station; it’s a very impressive building with state of the art facilities for both the firefighters and the community."
Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Len Bloomer
Work will now commence on demolishing the existing fire station and building a training yard and car park in its place. The station will open to the community in the summer once the site is completed.
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford said: "The old fire station was built in 1962 and was designed to keep members of the public out - this building is exactly the opposite, it’s a community facility that also happens to be a fire station. Like never before we will be able to engage and educate the community in a positive, interactive way.
"It’s an exciting time for the firefighters who can now move into the building that they have been watching evolve over the past year. We also hope the people of Cannock will embrace the new station and we look forward to inviting them in for a tour later in the year."
Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Len Bloomer added: "We’re really pleased with the new station; it’s a very impressive building with state of the art facilities for both the firefighters and the community. The team have worked extremely hard to ensure that this project has been delivered to an excellent quality and to budget, so to meet this important milestone is a real achievement."
Partner and community groups interesting in booking the new facilities, which accommodate up to 30 people, should email: firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01785 898065 during office hours. Slots are available from the summer, weekdays from 9am – 10pm and at weekends from 9am – 5pm.
Cannock is the fifth in a line 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). Construction company Stepnell have constructed the £4.3 million building and COFELY Ltd will provide the ongoing facilities management.
General Manager for Fire Support, Ian Bolden commented: "The Fire Support partnership is an excellent example of the private and public sector working together successfully to deliver long-lasting benefits for the community. By working in collaboration effectively, we have been able to design and build 21st Century fire stations that meet the demands of today whilst also providing the facility to serve local people."
Four community fire stations have already opened in Rising Brook, Sandyford, Tamworth and Uttoxeter. Uttoxeter will open to the public in April, the other three though are already providing extremely popular with the local community. The new station at Tamworth attracted 2000 people in just four days last month. A number of community groups and partners have now got regular booking slots at the stations.