Work on Penkridge’s new £1.8 million community fire station is set to start on Monday, August 4.
"The new station will be far superior to the current one, both from an operational viewpoint and as a community facility."
Penkridge Station Manager Graham Mills
The state-of-the-art facility will replace the existing station on Boscomoor Lane which has been operational since 1972.
It is part of a major county-wide project which is being funded through the second phase 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.
Penkridge Community Fire Station is scheduled to be operational towards the end of 2015.
Penkridge Station Manager Graham Mills said: “We are 100 per cent committed to providing a first class emergency response service to our residents and this investment in Penkridge demonstrates that.
“The new station will be far superior to the current one, both from an operational viewpoint and as a community facility. The aim is for the building to become a hub for local people who can make use of the rooms available. It will also give firefighters a golden opportunity to meet residents and to highlight the vital prevention and fire safety work that we carry out. The community fire station will signify a new era for the Service and we are very much looking forward to it.”
The old station in Penkridge has proven costly to maintain and the new facility will suit the requirements of a modern proactive fire service.
The new stations will be equipped with hi-tech operational facilities and have space for more community safety activities. All of the new stations also incorporate dedicated rooms and amenities for the benefit of community 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.