A time capsule will be buried at the newly built Newcastle Community Fire Station next week.
"Pulling together items for the capsule gave us the opportunity to involve local schools as well as current and past fire service staff who have links to the station."
Newcastle Station Manager, Brian Griffiths
The time capsule will be buried at 12 noon on Wednesday 15 February and around 500 families from Knutton Children’s Centre have been invited to the event.
Items contributed to the capsule include fire service staff and station photographs, ‘Do You Know a George’ campaign literature, information about the Service volunteers, a book called ‘The Fireman’ created by children from The Coppice school, a recent copy of ‘The Sentinel’ newspaper and items from the family of the first baby to born on 31 August 2011 – when the station went live.
Newcastle Station Manager, Brian Griffiths said: "The idea of a time capsule was developed at our first community station at Rising Brook in Stafford and the decision was taken to roll this out to all the new fire stations which have been built.
"Pulling together items for the capsule gave us the opportunity to involve local schools as well as current and past fire service staff who have links to the station.
"We also asked the maternity ward at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire to get involved and they have traced the first baby born on the day the new station went live. The parents of that baby have provided items to put into the capsule and will also be attending the time capsule burial."
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service would like the parents of any other babies born on 31 August 2011 to get in touch and they will be invited to attend a special fire station birthday tour on 31 August 2012.
Brian added: "It would be great if we could find any other children born on the same date as the station went live and have them all come to the station for the first year celebrations this summer."
Anyone who has a baby born on 31 August 2011 who would like to get involved can contact Mark Hammersley on 01785 898938.