Firefighters are inviting Kinver residents to take a look around their new community fire station as part of a special celebration event.
"The time capsule burial marks a milestone in the past, present and future of Kinver Community Fire Station and will be an occasion to remember. It will also give people the chance to look back at the fire and rescue service as well as the community of Kinver when, in years to come, they will be able to dig it up and see what it contains."
Kinver Station Manager Dez Stoddart
The crew will be showcasing the facilities which are available for local groups to use as well as giving a tour of the operational side of the station.
The community open day will take place from 1pm-3.30pm and then from 4pm-6pm on Thursday, February 26.
A milestone will also be marked at 1pm when a time capsule is buried in the community fire station’s grounds. Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford will be attending the ceremony, along with local councillors.
The time capsule will contain a photograph and short biography of each of the current crew members as well as pictures of the old fire station.
Artwork by eight pupils from Foley Infants School and eight pupils from Brindley Heath Junior School will also be included. The children entered a competition to create a picture to show what Kinver Community Fire Station means to them.
Young people from Edgecliff High School will also contribute to the time capsule along with children from local nurseries.
Kinver Station Manager Dez Stoddart said: “The time capsule burial marks a milestone in the past, present and future of Kinver Community Fire Station and will be an occasion to remember. It will also give people the chance to look back at the fire and rescue service as well as the community of Kinver when, in years to come, they will be able to dig it up and see what it contains.
“The community tours will give residents the chance to see the excellent facilities that are available for their use. We are really keen to support local organisations and would encourage them to hold their meetings in our community rooms – free of charge – where they can also interact with firefighters and community safety officers.
“Visitors interested in the operational side of the Service will be able to enjoy a behind the scenes look at a working fire station including the fire engine. I would encourage as many people as possible to come down, meet the firefighters who serve their community, and celebrate this special day with us.”
Kinver’s new £1.9 million community fire station has replaced the outdated base on Fairfield Drive which was built in 1957. 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.
Kinver Community Fire Station opened in December and was the second facility to become operational in phase two of a major upgrade of buildings across the county. When the project is complete, 10 new community fire stations will have been built 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.