Cannock Community Fire Station will be officially opened by an Olympic Gold Medallist next Monday.
“At a time where there is a real buzz of excitement about the forthcoming Olympics it seemed fitting that we invited an Olympic Gold Medallist to open one of our community fire stations."
Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford
The station will be opened by Imran Sherwani, who lives in Rugeley, and was on the winning GB Hockey team at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. The official opening ceremony will also be attended by local dignitaries and firefighters.
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford said: "At a time where there is a real buzz of excitement about the forthcoming Olympics it seemed fitting that we invited an Olympic Gold Medallist to open one of our community fire stations.
"The station here at Cannock is already proving hugely successful, over 3500 people visited within two weeks of opening to the community and we are attracting regular bookings from a range of groups."
Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Service, Cllr Len Bloomer said: "We are extremely proud of the new station and more importantly what it means to the communities we serve. This building represents a completely new way for our services to be delivered and provides a model for others to follow in the future.
"It’s fantastic that the local community has embraced the station, the number of people using the facilities has already exceeded our expectations."
Firefighters moved into the new community fire station, which comes complete with state of the art training and professional development facilities, in February 2011. The station has been designed to provide a range of facilities for the local community and partners to use, including a community meeting room, a dedicated area for student firefighters, a gym for supervised groups and a partnership area. A total of 42 firefighters are based at the station.
Partner and community groups interesting in booking the new facilities, which accommodate up to 30 people, should email: firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01785 898065 during office hours. Slots are available weekdays from 9am – 10pm and at weekends from 9am – 5pm. Organisations regularly using the facilities include; The Prince’s Trust, ADSIS, Connect Cannock, Cannock & District Philatelic Society and South Staffordshire PCT.