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Firefighters past and present celebrate Stone station’s rich history

27-11-2013

More than 50 former retained firefighters and officers joined serving crew members in Stone to celebrate the station’s rich and varied history.

"I have some really fond memories of working at Stone fire station. We are a really tight knit crew and have always faced any challenges and changes over the years, head on as a team. We are looking forward to moving into the new community fire station and continuing to provide the best possible service to the people of Stone. It’s also great news for local residents as they will be able to benefit from a range of facilities."

Stone Crew Manager Dave Vincent

Last night’s event was held so that people could share memories about the current fire station, which has served the town since July 1975, before it is replaced by a new community facility.

People also took along old photographs and memorabilia from years gone by.

Stone Community Fire Station is one of 11 rebuilds being funded through a £45 million Private Finance Initiative.

Work to demolish the existing premises at The Fillybrooks will start towards the end of January 2014. The new station will be fully operational by mid-February 2015.

Speaking at the gathering Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: “This is a time for reminiscing and reflecting on the role that the fire station, and the people who are currently and have previously been based there, have played over many years. However, it is also a time for excitement and is a key milestone in the history of the fire and rescue service in Stone.

“I’m delighted that we have achieved funding for the new station and are now at the point where the old building is on schedule to be demolished and work on the new one is due to begin. It will be a huge benefit to the whole community.”

Stone Crew Manager Dave Vincent, who has been based at the station for 25 years, added: “I have some really fond memories of working at Stone fire station. We are a really tight knit crew and have always faced any challenges and changes over the years, head on as a team.

“We are looking forward to moving into the new community fire station and continuing to provide the best possible service to the people of Stone. It’s also great news for local residents as they will be able to benefit from a range of facilities.”

The replacement of Stone fire station forms part of the second phase of an innovative programme to provide state-of-the-art community focussed facilities which will benefit local people.

The first stage of the scheme also received £45 million in funding and saw three additional stations developed and seven stations replaced between October 2009 and September 2011.

Community stations that opened that opened in the initial phase currently provide a meeting place for more than 200 different groups, charities and public sector organisations across the county, ranging from Staffordshire Police, the NHS, Citizens Advice Bureau and housing associations to music for the Turkish community, creative writing clubs and gardening groups.