The people of Barton-under-Needwood are set to benefit from a refurbished fire station, complete with community room and emergency services partnership room.
"The new station will have improved facilities and will allow us to achieve our aim of strengthening our links with the members of the community who can assist us to make people even safer."
Barton Station Manager, Toby Wilson
The refurbishment has commenced and is due to be completed by the end of the year.
The current station, on Short Lane, will be modified in phases to allow firefighters to continue working onsite with minimal disruption to their daily work and the surrounding community.
Barton Station Manager, Toby Wilson said: "We are delighted that these much needed works are about to go ahead. The new station will have improved facilities and will allow us to achieve our aim of strengthening our links with the members of the community who can assist us to make people even safer.
"The crew at Barton are already a committed, professional group and the new station and training areas will allow them to achieve even more."
The refurbished station will bring the 1965 fire station up to date including a new locker room plus toilet and showering facilities for males and females.
Toby added: "During the refurbishment process the firefighters will continue to access the station as normal giving complete operational cover. They will decant into a temporary onsite cabin whilst the main building undergoes refurbishment meaning they will still continue to respond from the site."
Interclass have been contracted to undertake the 39 week refurbishment, which is expected to be completed by the end of December 2012. There are 12 firefighters based at Barton Fire Station and a further three are currently going through the recruitment process.
Barton Fire Station is the first station in East Staffordshire to undergo a refurbishment. Uttoxeter Community Fire Station was the first brand new station in East Staffordshire, built under the private finance initiative (PFI) initiative and Burton Fire Station has been earmarked for a complete rebuild under a second £50 million PFI project.