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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Time capsule burial marks milestone

16/03/2015

Longton Community Fire Station
Longton Community Fire Station

Longton Community Fire Station will mark a milestone on Wednesday when a time capsule is buried in its grounds.

"The items that have been included in the time capsule reflect Longton as it is today, offering people a valuable insight into how we run the fire and rescue service at the moment. The new station has a greater emphasis on community engagement and the items that have been included in the time capsule demonstrate that. We are looking forward to working ever more closely with local residents and groups in the months and years to come." 

Longton Station Manager Pete Jones

The capsule includes amongst other items, current fire service safety advice, information about the number of calls the station deals with, newspapers of the day, a smoke alarm and the names and ages of firefighters who are now based at the station.

Pupils from Alexandra Junior School in Normacot have also created posters depicting what they think their local area will look in 50 years’ time. The winning picture will be added to the capsule.

Longton Station Manager Pete Jones will be attending the burial ceremony along with Vice Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority Councillor Kath Banks.

Station Manager Jones said: "This is the next key milestone in Longton Community Fire Station’s history. It will create a legacy that can be uncovered in 2065 when the time capsule will be dug up and opened by future generations.

"The items that have been included in the time capsule reflect Longton as it is today, offering people a valuable insight into how we run the fire and rescue service at the moment. The new station has a greater emphasis on community engagement and the items that have been included in the time capsule demonstrate that. We are looking forward to working ever more closely with local residents and groups in the months and years to come."

Longton Community Fire Station has been designed to enable firefighters to respond more efficiently and effectively to 21st Century emergencies.

Facilities within the building have 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.

Longton Community Fire Station opened in November 2014 and was the third 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 the brand new station at Loggerheads which has replaced 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 are available to book by calling 01785 898550 or emailing nsdgroomenquiries@staffordshirefire.gov.uk