Firefighters and the local community will be celebrating one year since the opening of Rising Brook Community Fire Station at a birthday party next Tuesday.
"As the first of our new community fire stations Rising Brook has really set the standard. This event will be about celebrating all of the fantastic achievements."
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford
The event, which is open to the public, will take place at the station from 10am – 4pm on Tuesday 13th September. Groups will be showcasing the work they have done since using the new facilities and there will be firefighting demonstrations throughout the day. There will also be the cutting of a special birthday cake, which is a replica of the station, by Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford at 1pm.
Amongst the groups showcasing their work will be Stafford Sports College and St Peter’s Nursery. Leader of Opening Minds, Judy Bladon from the high school said: "Our Year 7 pupils have had regular lessons taught by the firefighters at the station. The lessons have focused on the pupils understanding the importance of the community and the role they play in that community. They’ve learnt various skills including how to work as part of a team, how to stay safe in their home and neighbourhood, and some basic first aid skills.
"The pupils have really enjoyed being taught by the firefighters because of the different learning environment and the hands on aspect of the lessons. It’s been such a success that we’ll be running the programme again this year."
Acting Deputy Manager, Carina Cottrill from St Peter’s Nursery commented: "Over the past year the three and four olds at the nursery have thoroughly enjoyed their weekly visits to the fire station. During the visits the children learn how to ring 999 and how to 'stop, drop and roll' if their clothing were to catch fire. The emphasis is on the children learning how to stay safe through fun and exciting activities.
"These regular sessions boost the children's confidence, self-esteem and introduce them to the wider local community."
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford said: "As the first of our new community fire stations Rising Brook has really set the standard. The station has far exceeded all of our expectations in the way it is being used by local people. There is so much going on; from weekly visits by nursery children to the firefighters holding lessons for high school pupils. This event will be about celebrating all of these fantastic achievements."
The community room at Rising Brook seats up to 20 people and is available for hire between 9am – 10pm weekdays and 9am - 5pm on weekends. To book the room call 01785 898549 during office hours or email email@example.com
Existing groups already using the facilities include; South Staffordshire PCT, Stafford and Rural Homes, Stafford Group of Advanced Motorists and Rising Brook Writers.