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Firefighters bid a fond farewell to Chase Terrace Station

16/07/2014

Computer image of Chase Terrace
An artist's impression of the new Chase Terrace Community Fire Station

Former firefighters who were based at Chase Terrace are being urged to join current crews to bid a fond farewell to the old station.

"This is a great opportunity for firefighters who are currently serving at or have served at Chase Terrace to meet up and reminisce about old times at the station as well as looking to the future with our new purpose built facility." 

Chase Terrace Watch Manager Tim Anslow

The occasion will be caught on camera to provide a final snapshot of the Rugeley Road building alongside those who have served the local community from the station.

The picture will be taken at 2pm on Saturday, July 19 and anyone who has worked at the fire station since it came into operation in May 1969 is invited to attend.

The photo will be put in a time capsule that will be buried next to the new Chase Terrace Community Fire Station which is due to be operational later in the summer.

It will be the first community fire station to open during phase two of a Government run Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme.

The £45 million programme will see 10 fire stations rebuilt on their current sites plus a brand new station at Loggerheads to replace a 45-year-old station at Ashley.

Chase Terrace Watch Manager Tim Anslow said: “This is a great opportunity for firefighters who are currently serving at or have served at Chase Terrace to meet up and reminisce about old times at the station as well as looking to the future with our new purpose built facility.

“To create a lasting memory of the crews, we want as many firefighters as possible to come along on July 19 for the group photo which will be added to a time capsule and buried next to the new community fire station.”

The new stations will be equipped with hi-tech operational facilities and have space for more community safety activities such as Student Firefighter courses. All of the new stations also incorporate dedicated rooms and amenities for the benefit of community groups while stations crewed round the clock will have fitness equipment that can be used by supervised groups.

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