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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

New Community Fire Station to be Officially Opened

29/06/2011

Staffordshire County Council Leader Philip Atkins will officially open Uttoxeter Community Fire Station in East Staffordshire on Monday July 4th.

"This is truly a community facility that happens to have fire engines parked in the bays."

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Peter Dartford

Mr Atkins will be given a tour of the station and meet firefighters based at the station and as well as local partners and community groups. He will then unveil a plaque, officially opening Uttoxeter Community Fire Station.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Peter Dartford said: "We are extremely proud of the new station and more importantly what it means to the communities we serve. This building represents a completely new way for our services to be delivered and provides a model for others to follow in the future. This station is not simply a brighter, shinier version of what we had always expected a fire station to be – this is truly a community facility that happens to have fire engines parked in the bays – something that local people are using for a range of activities."

Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Len Bloomer said: "It’s a very exciting time for both the Service and the community who will benefit from this new station. The team have worked extremely hard to ensure that this project has been delivered on time, to an excellent quality and to budget, so to meet this important milestone is a real achievement."

Firefighters moved into the new community fire station, which comes complete with state of the art training and professional development facilities, in February this year.

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.

Several groups have already made bookings for the room including the Neighbourhood Watch Crime and Prevention Panel, Family Support Service and Trent and Dove Housing Tenant Support. Over 800 members of the public visited the station within its first week of opening.