Crews have today moved into Chase Terrace’s new £1.7 million community fire station.
"This is a really exciting milestone for the fire and rescue service and for the residents of Chase Terrace. The new modern station will allow us to provide the first class emergency response cover that our communities expect and deserve."
Station Manager at Chase Terrace Tim Hollingworth
The state-of-the-art facility has replaced the outdated base on Rugeley Road which was built in 1969.
It has been designed to enable firefighters to respond more efficiently and effectively to 21st Century emergencies.
Facilities within the building have also been created specifically with the community in mind and for the use of residents.
Groups and organisations will be encouraged to gather in the meeting rooms, creating a community hub and allowing for greater contact between local people and firefighters who serve the area.
Station Manager at Chase Terrace Tim Hollingworth said: "This is a really exciting milestone for the fire and rescue service and for the residents of Chase Terrace. The new modern station will allow us to provide the first class emergency response cover that our communities expect and deserve.
"It will also enable us to be a greater part of the community with increased involvement and contact between firefighters and local people. We will be encouraging groups to use our meeting rooms to host their own gatherings. “Firefighters and Community Safety Officers will also hold talks and meet with people visiting the station so it will be a very interactive environment."
Chase Terrace Community Fire Station is the first facility to be operational in phase two of a major upgrade of buildings across the county.
A further 10 fire stations will rebuilt on their current sites plus a brand new station at Loggerheads which will replace the 45-year-old station at Ashley.
The first phase saw three additional stations developed and seven stations replaced between October 2009 and September 2011.
The Service will have invested a total of £90 million, funded through a Private Finance Initiative, on improving the stations when the project has been completed.
Bookings for the community rooms will be taken following post completion works at the site, which are expected to finish towards the end of this year.