Ashley and Loggerheads’ residents are invited to find out more about their new community fire station on Tuesday, April 15.
"People will be able to see the designs, find out more about the construction schedule and experts will be on hand to answer any questions they may have. We look forward to giving local residents a community fire station they can be proud of."
PFI Programme Director Steve Knight
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is holding a drop-in session at Ashley Memorial Hall, Gravelley Hill, from 6pm – 8pm.
Building work is set to start on the station in May. At the drop-in session residents will have the opportunity to see the latest design plans, meet the construction team and put forward suggestions about how the new community facilities could be used.
PFI Programme Director Steve Knight said: "This is a great opportunity for residents from Ashley, Loggerheads and the surrounding areas to find out more about their new station before building work commences in May. They will be able to see the designs, find out more about the construction schedule and experts will be on hand to answer any questions they may have. We look forward to giving local residents a community fire station they can be proud of."
Station Manager Mark Walchester said: "The existing station at Ashley was built in the 1960s, it is proving costly to maintain and it no longer meets our requirements in terms of the facilities it offers or the location. This new station in Loggerheads will allow us to improve response times and will provide us with state-of-the-art facilities that will benefit the firefighters, the community and our partner organisations.
"It's an exciting time for us as we prepare for the new station build. We will continue to operate out of the existing station at Ashley until the new station opens next year."
The station is one of 11 community fire stations in Staffordshire being rebuilt as part of a £50 million Private Finance Initiative. A consortium called Blue3 will be responsible for the design, construction and ongoing maintenance of the 11 community fire stations. All stations are expected to be open by 2016.