Firefighters will start moving into the newly built Hanley Community Fire Station from Monday.
“It’s fantastic to open yet another community fire station on time, to quality and to budget."
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford.
The state of the art station comes complete with community facilities, a partnership area, a gym and a training building. Firefighters have been working from a temporary fire station, located on the site, since construction started in March 2010. As well as the firefighters, the risk reduction and fire safety team for the North Staffordshire area will move into the station.
Station Manager for Hanley, Ian Read said: “This new station couldn’t be any more different to the old station - it’s modern, welcoming and importantly it has been built with both the firefighters and community in mind. The next steps are for the temporary station to be removed and a car park and road traffic collision training area built in its place. Once all of the construction work is complete we will open the doors to the local community to have a look around and encourage local people to start to use their new facilities.”
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford said: “It’s fantastic to open yet another community fire station on time, to quality and to budget. The building looks very impressive and has already become somewhat of a landmark in the City Centre. We look forward to throwing our doors open to the community in the coming months and for the facilities to begin to be used for a range of activities by local people.”
Hanley is the sixth 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 Thomas Vale have constructed the building and COFELY Ltd will provide the ongoing facilities management.
Ian Bolden, General Manager of Fire Support said: “The quality of the building, which was delivered on time by the builder, Thomas Vale, is second to none. This is the sixth of ten community fire stations in the first PFI phase to be completed, all have been extremely well received by the communities and have been used for a variety of activities from parenting groups to Anglers Annual meetings. This is a great example of the value of private and public sector working together.”
The City’s first new community fire station in Sandyford is already proving to be a massive success. In the first week alone the station attracted over 1000 visitors. Community and partner groups including Age UK, North Staffs Cancer Support, the Workers Education Association, the Foster Carers Support Group and local schools now use the free facilities on a regular basis.
Community and partner groups interested in booking the free facilities at Hanley should email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01785 898897. Alternatively a drop in event for interested groups is being held at Sandyford Community Fire Station on 20th July from 3pm - 6.30pm.