Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has scooped a Government grant of more than £5million to fund two high-profile projects.
"We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded such a sizeable share of the Fire Transformation Fund and strongly believe that the two projects will make a positive difference to our communities."
Chief Fire Officer and President of the Chief Fire Officers Association Peter Dartford
Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt today announced that 37 initiatives across the country have been awarded a total of £75 million from the Fire Transformation Fund.
The Service will use part of its £5.14 million to build a new facility at the fire station in Stafford.
It will include a life-skills centre, which will be predominantly used by school children, and will also act as a hub where various partners can work closely together on prevention and protection programmes.
The rest of the funding will create a tri-service neighbourhood centre in Biddulph for blue light organisations.
Each partner will have a specific area to work in and there will also be a shared space to allow the different organisations to liaise with each other and provide a strong multi-agency approach which will benefit the local community.
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford, also President of the Chief Fire Officers Association, said: "We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded such a sizeable share of the Fire Transformation Fund and strongly believe that the two projects will make a positive difference to our communities.
"Times have changed significantly in recent years, with the public sector facing ever increasing financial pressures which is why it is absolutely vital that we work ever more closely with our partners to ensure our residents continue to receive a first-class service. This funding will help us to continue protecting the most vulnerable within our communities through education and prevention, ensuring that Staffordshire is the safest place to be.
"In addition, it is further evidence of the Government’s confidence and support for the things we are doing and the difference we are making to the lives of our communities. As we have said on many occasions, prevention is far better than cure."