Firefighters have today started responding from the brand new community fire station in Kidsgrove.
"We are delighted to have moved into the fantastic new community fire station today."
Station Manager, Glynn Luznyj
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 the end October, whilst the grounds and car park are completed.
Station Manager, Glynn Luznyj said: "We are delighted to have moved into the fantastic new community fire station today. These new facilities will give us a minimum of 60 years’ service and we are looking forward to welcoming the local community into the building.
"The station will provide better training facilities for the crews and allow for easier integration with the local community, including enhancing the existing community facilities in the area.
"Construction work is still continuing at the site but we’re already taking bookings for the new community room, ready for when it opens at the end of October – we’ll look forward to inviting the community in then."
Kidsgrove is ninth 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: "Kidsgrove Community Fire Station is located at the heart of the community and is designed to encourage local people to make use of its facilities and benefit from the services that will be on offer. Fire Support would like to thank the neighbours for their patience during construction and is confident that the community will enjoy their new state-of-the-art station."
The area’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 Kidsgrove, ready for when the facilities open at the end of October. The community facilities seat up to 20 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 email@example.com or ring 01785 898897.