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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Work is to start on Burton's new community fire station

Computer image of Burton Community Fire Station
Computer image of Burton Community Fire Station

Work on Burton’s new £3.8 million community fire station is set to start on Monday, September 29.

"The aim is for the station to be a community hub with extensive facilities for local groups and organisations to use. It will give residents a greater opportunity to meet the firefighters that serve their area, giving them even more access to advice and information on issues ranging from home safety to road safety and general wellbeing. It will also enable us to continue providing a first class emergency response service which will not only meet but will surpass the requirements of a modern and proactive fire and rescue service in a more cost effective way."

Steve Knight - PFI Programme Director

The state-of-the-art facility will replace the existing station on Moor Street which has been operational since 1973.

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.

Burton Community Fire Station is scheduled to be operational in the summer of 2016.

PFI Programme Director Steve Knight said: "This is a very exciting time both for the fire and rescue service as a whole and the community of Burton. The new state-of-the-art facility reflects the way the Service operates with a greater emphasis on the prevention of incidents.

"The aim is for the station to be a community hub with extensive facilities for local groups and organisations to use. It will give residents a greater opportunity to meet the firefighters that serve their area, giving them even more access to advice and information on issues ranging from home safety to road safety and general wellbeing.

"It will also enable us to continue providing a first class emergency response service which will not only meet but will surpass the requirements of a modern and proactive fire and rescue service in a more cost effective way."

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.