Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s community rooms across 13 community fire stations received over 3,000 bookings last year.
"We are delighted that the community facilities have been such a huge success after just one year."
Community Liaison Officer, Ruth Haigh
Cannock’s community facilities have so far been the most successful with a total of 418 bookings over nine months, closely followed by Hanley Community Fire Station which received 218 bookings in just five months.
The smaller community fire stations, including Cheadle, Wombourne and Uttoxeter saw an average of 32 bookings each month last year.
Tamworth Mercia and Gnosall Community Fire Station’s community facilities opened at the end of last year and a further 11 fire stations in Staffordshire will become community fire stations following the completion of the Service’s second private finance initiative (PFI) project (see notes to editor).
Community Liaison Officer, Ruth Haigh said: "We are delighted that the community facilities have been such a huge success after just one year. The number of bookings made has exceeded our expectations and continues to rise.
"Rising Brook Community Fire Station was the first newly built station to open. Since its opening in September 2010, 244 bookings have been made with the number of bookings each month steadily increasing which is fantastic.
"Cannock’s community facilities opened in April 2011 and in less than a year has had 418 bookings which included a staggering 93 in November alone."
To find out about community facilities at a fire station near you, contact Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service on 0845 22 11 55 or visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk and click the ‘community’ tab at the top of the page.