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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Tamworth Mercia Goes Live

29/11/2011

Firefighters have started responding from the brand new Tamworth Mercia Community Fire Station.

“We’re really pleased with the new station; it couldn’t be more different to the former station. The building has a welcoming feel and because firefighters have had an input into the design the layout is much more workable. "

Area Commander Del Roberts

The new building comes complete with state of the art facilities, including a dedicated community room. 17 retained firefighters are based at the station, which houses one fire engine.

Area Commander for Tamworth, Del Roberts said: “We’re really pleased with the new station; it couldn’t be more different to the former station. The building has a welcoming feel and because firefighters have had an input into the design the layout is much more workable. The facilities for both the firefighters and the community really are second to none.

“We’re taking bookings for the community facilities now and we hope they will be as popular as the facilities at the station in the Belgrave area of town, which opened earlier in the year.

“We’ll also hold some drop in sessions in the New Year so that the community can come and have a tour of the new facilities and have a chat to their local firefighters.”

Tamworth Mercia is the last of the ten new community fire stations built under a private finance initiative (PFI) project to open. The consortium delivering the project is called Fire Support. Construction company; Stepnell have constructed the building and COFELY Ltd will provide the ongoing facilities management.

General Manager for Fire Support, Ian Bolden commented: “Tamworth Mercia is the last of ten community fire stations built under a PFI model in Staffordshire, and it is a shining example of public and private sectors working together effectively. Like all the nine others, the new Tamworth Mercia fire station has been designed to encourage community engagement as well as improving service delivery and efficiency. Fire Support are proud to be a part of this successful project.” 

The area’s first new community fire station in the Belgrave area Tamworth is already proving to be a massive success, attracting up to 45 bookings per month from community and partner groups including; The Stroke Association, NHS Lifestyles, Tamworth Amateur Radio Society and Tamworth and Lichfield MS Society.

Bookings are now being taken for the community room at Tamworth Mercia. 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 t.enquiries@staffordshirefire.gov.uk or ring 01785 898025.