Firefighters have moved into and started responding from the brand new community fire station in Burslem.
“It’s an exciting time for the firefighters as they move into the building they have seen evolve over the past year."
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford
The new building comes complete with state of the art facilities, including a dedicated community room. Firefighters have been working from a temporary fire station, located on the site, since November 2010. Construction work will continue at the site until October, whilst the grounds and car park are completed.
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford said: “It’s an exciting time for the firefighters as they move into the building they have seen evolve over the past year. The station is located in the heart of Burslem and so we look forward to it becoming a hub of local activity, as the station at Sandyford has.
“Construction work is still continuing at the site but we’re already taking bookings for the new community room, ready for when it opens in October – we’ll look forward to inviting the community in then.”
Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Len Bloomer said: “Just last month we opened Hanley, this month Burslem and next month it will be Newcastle and Kidsgrove. Our vision of making Staffordshire the safest the place to be moves a step closer each time we open a new community fire station. It is also pleasing to have secured this significant investment into our area that we are now starting to see and feel the benefits from.”
Burslem is the seventh 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. Construction company Thomas Vale have constructed the 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.”
The City’s first new community fire station in Sandyford is already proving to be a massive success, attracting up to 40 bookings per month from community and partner groups including; Age UK, North Staffs Cancer Support, the Workers Education Association and the Foster Carers Support Group.
Bookings are currently being taken for the community room at Burslem, ready for when the facilities open in the first week of October. The community facilities seat up to 18 people and are available from 9am – 10pm weekdays and from 9am – 5pm at weekends. Community and partner groups interested in booking the free facilities should email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01785 898897.