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Capsule to be Buried at Brand New Fire Station

04/10/2011

A time capsule will be buried at Burslem’s brand new community fire station next week.

"Hopefully if and when the capsule is lifted in the future the items can tell a story of what was happening as of October 2011."

Burslem Station Manager, Ian Read

The capsule has been put together in conjunction with local organisations including Port Vale Football Club, Poole china, Royal Staffordshire and Burslem Children’s Centre.

Items contributed to the capsule include photographs of the crews from 1956 when the station opened and from 1996, current profiles of all of the retained firefighters at Burslem, the original 1956 official opening programme, the last incident printout from the old station, a signed Port Vale shirt and team photo, a Poole china vase, a Royal Staffordshire egg cup and historical information of the Stoke-on-Trent ceramics industry.

Burslem Station Manager, Ian Read said: "The idea of a time capsule was developed at our first community station at Rising Brook in Stafford and the decision has been taken to roll this out to all the new fire stations being built. It’s a very exciting time for the fire and rescue service and the local people who will benefit from this new community fire station in Burslem.

"Pulling together items for the capsule gave us the opportunity to involve our local schools and staff in selecting items that reflect current thinking and things that may be common to us now, but not in the future. Hopefully if and when the capsule is lifted in the future the items can tell a story of what was happening as of October 2011."

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.

Bookings are currently being taken for the community room at Burslem which seats up to 18 people and is available from 9am – 10pm weekdays and from 9am – 5pm at weekends. Community and partner groups interested in booking the free facilities should email northerncommunityrooms@staffordshirefire.gov.uk or ring 01785 898760.