Chase Terrace Community Fire Station will mark a milestone on Friday when a time capsule is buried in its grounds.
"This is a key milestone for the new community fire station in Chase Terrace. It will create a legacy that can be discovered in decades to come and will offer an insight into the area as it is today as well as in years gone by."
Station Manager at Chase Terrace Tim Hollingworth
The capsule includes photographs of past and present firefighters taken at a recent celebration to bid a fond farewell to the old station. There is also a brochure for the original building dating back to when it was opened in 1969.
Written work created by pupils at Chase Terrace Primary School will be included and eight of the children will be taking part in the event. A school brochure will also be added to the capsule.
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford will be attending the burial ceremony, along with members of the Fire and Rescue Authority and local councillors.
Crew members who are currently based at the station as well as former firefighters, fire service personnel and representatives from Kier Construction will also be there.
Station Manager Tim Hollingworth said: “This is a key milestone for the new community fire station in Chase Terrace. It will create a legacy that can be discovered in decades to come and will offer an insight into the area as it is today as well as in years gone by.
“The new station has an emphasis on greater engagement with local people and the fact that the time capsule contains contributions from a range of residents reflects that ethos. We are looking forward to working closely with the community in the future.”
Headteacher at Chase Terrace Primary School, Gordon McBurnie added: “The pupils are really excited to be attending the time capsule burial and have created some excellent written work which will be included. The aim is to give an insight to children of the future about what life is like in Chase Terrace in 2014. It is a fantastic opportunity for them to get involved in their community and to make a lasting impact on the area.”
The new £1.7 million community fire station has replaced the outdated base on Rugeley Road.
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.
Chase Terrace Community Fire Station opened in September and became the first facility to become 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.
The community rooms will be available to book in early 2015. Local groups and residents can call 01543 898 629 to make enquiries.