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Official Opening for Newcastle Community Fire Station

07/12/2011

Newcastle Community Fire Station will be officially opened by a Cabinet Minister on Friday.

“Our new community fire stations have really become a key focal point for local people and Newcastle is proof of this, as it is already attracting over 40 community bookings per month."

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford.

The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi PC, Minister without Portfolio and Co-Chairman for the Conservative Party, will officially open the station during a ceremony being held at the station. The event, which will be attended by local dignitaries and fire and rescue service staff, will include the unveiling of a plaque and a demonstration by firefighters.
 
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford said: “Our new community fire stations have really become a key focal point for local people and Newcastle is proof of this, as it is already attracting over 40 community bookings per month. It is a fantastic station that has been welcomed by both the firefighters working here and the community using the facilities.”

Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Service, Cllr Len Bloomer said: “We’re delighted to be opening another of our community fire stations and we’re honoured that Baroness Warsi has accepted our invite to officially open the station. We’re sure that she will be as impressed with the facilities as we are.”

Firefighters moved into the new community fire station in August. The state of the art station has been designed to provide a range of facilities for the local community and partners to use, including two community meeting rooms, a dedicated area for student firefighters, a gym for supervised groups and a partnership area.

The station houses; two fire engines, a water rescue unit, a specialist decontamination unit, a targeted response vehicle and a welfare unit. A total of 58 firefighters are based at the station.

Partner and community groups interesting in booking the new facilities, which accommodate up to 30 people, should email: northerncommunityrooms@staffordshirefire.gov.uk or ring 01785 898897 during office hours. The community room seats up to 30 people and the meeting room up to 14 people. Slots are available weekdays from 9am – 10pm and at weekends from 9am – 5pm. Organisations and groups regularly using the facilities include; Age UK, Aspire Housing, Arch and local lads and dads groups.