Crews have today moved into Rugeley’s new £3 million community fire station.
"The opening of Rugeley Community Fire Station marks a new era in the way we provide potentially life-saving services to local residents. The focus is no longer solely on responding to incidents - it is about preventing them from happening in the first place."
Station Manager at Rugeley Graham Mills
The state-of-the-art facility has replaced the outdated base on Bryans Lane which was built in 1974.
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 Rugeley Graham Mills said: "The opening of Rugeley Community Fire Station marks a new era in the way we provide potentially life-saving services to local residents. The focus is no longer solely on responding to incidents - it is about preventing them from happening in the first place.
"We will be encouraging local groups and organisations to visit us at the station to learn about fire safety in the home and on the roads so that they will be equipped with the knowledge they need to stay safe. By working even more closely with the communities we serve, we hope to build upon the successes we have achieved year on year and further reduce the number of incidents taking place. We are looking forward to helping Rugeley and the surrounding areas become safer than ever."
Rugeley Community Fire Station is the fifth facility to be operational in phase two of a major upgrade of buildings across the county with Chase Terrace, Kinver, Longton and Stone 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. In an emergency dial 999. For all other non-emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills.