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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Crews move into Longton's £3.5 million community fire station

12/11/2014

Longton Community Fire Station
Longton Community Fire Station

Crews have moved into Longton’s new £3.5 million community fire station.

"The move represents a change in the focus of the fire and rescue service with a greater emphasis on interacting with people in the local area, offering them advice and information on how to prevent fires while at the same time, continuing to provide a first class emergency response should an incident occur." 

Pete Jones - Station Manager at Longton

The state-of-the-art facility has replaced the outdated base on Uttoxeter Road which was built in 1976.

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 which will allow greater contact between local people and firefighters who serve the area.

Station Manager at Longton Pete Jones said: "Moving into Longton’s new community fire station is a milestone both for the crews and for the residents that we serve. It represents a change in the focus of the fire and rescue service with a greater emphasis on interacting with people in the local area, offering them advice and information on how to prevent fires while at the same time, continuing to provide a first class emergency response should an incident occur. We are looking forward to working closely with local groups and to spreading our fire safety messages so that the people of Longton and surrounding areas are even safer."

Longton Community Fire Station is the third facility to be operational in phase two of a major upgrade of buildings across the county with Chase Terrace and Kinver already live.

In total, 10 community fire stations will be 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.