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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire Minister Officially Opens Community Fire Station

14/06/2011

Fire Minister Bob Neill cuts the ribbon alongside Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford

Fire Minister, Bob Neill MP has officially opened Tamworth Community Fire Station.

"We’re leading the way with our community fire stations."

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford

Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford gave the Minister a tour of the new facilities. During his visit he met the firefighters based at the station, pupils from St Gabriels RC Primary School and representatives from partner organisations, including Tamworth Community First Responders, who use the station as a base.

Prior to visiting Tamworth Community Fire Station the Minister will also visited the site of Tamworth Mercia Community Fire Station on Lichfield Street which is currently under construction and due to open later this year.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford said: "We were honoured to host a visit by the Fire Minister to the new community fire station. The Minister was very enthusiastic about the facilities on offer and more importantly how they’re being used.

"We’re leading the way with our community fire stations and we are now looking forward to the opening of Tamworth Mercia Community Fire Station later in the year."

Bob Neill said: "This new community fire station is a fantastic example of our commitment to improving frontline services. Investing in 21st Century fire stations in the right locations will help save lives and deliver a service that meets the needs of today's world, welcoming to local communities and offering improved working conditions for our firefighters."

Firefighters moved into Tamworth Community Fire Station, which comes complete with state of the art training and professional development facilities, in December 2010. The station is crewed around the clock by 28 firefighters working over four shifts. The station opened its doors to the local community in January 2011 and attracted 2000 members of the public in just four days.

The station has been designed to provide a range of facilities for the local community and partners to use, including a community meeting room, a dedicated area for student firefighters, a gym for supervised groups and a partnership area. Over 35 groups and organisations including local schools, South Staffordshire PCT, T.A.M.E Community First Responders and Midland Heart Housing are now using the facilities on a regular basis.