Rugeley Community Fire Station will mark a milestone on Friday when a time capsule is buried in its grounds.
"We now have much more of an emphasis on engaging with the community and are looking forward to showing residents the new facilities that are available for them to use during the two open day events. The sessions are also a great opportunity for those who are interested in the operational side of the station to have a look behind the scenes."
Rugeley Station Manager Graham Mills
The capsule includes photographs of the crew and a written profile about each member of the team along with pictures of the old station and the new station being built.
Newspaper articles about the town’s previous fire stations will also be put in the capsule along with photos of the fire engine, fire car, Home Fire Risk Check van and high volume pump.
Pupils from Chancel Primary School have created posters depicting what they think a fire engine will look like in 25 years’ time.
Rugeley Station Manager Graham Mills will be attending the burial ceremony along with Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford and Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority Councillor Len Bloomer.
Two community events will also be held on Friday, from 1pm-3pm and then from 4pm-6pm when residents can meet the crew and have a behind the scenes look at the station.
Station Manager Mills said: "The time capsule burial marks a real milestone for our new community fire station and, when it is opened up in years to come, it will give people an insight into how the Service operated in 2015.
"We now have much more of an emphasis on engaging with the community and are looking forward to showing residents the new facilities that are available for them to use during the two open day events. The sessions are also a great opportunity for those who are interested in the operational side of the station to have a look behind the scenes. It promises to be an enjoyable day and a great chance for us to meet the residents of Rugeley."
Rugeley 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.
Rugeley Community Fire Station opened in January 2015 and was the fifth 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 firstname.lastname@example.org