Loggerheads Community Fire Station will mark a milestone on Friday, May 15 when a time capsule is buried in its grounds.
"We are very much looking forward to welcoming local residents to their new community fire station and showing them around the operational side of the facility as well as the rooms that are specifically designed for the use of groups based in the area."
Loggerheads Station Manager Mark Walchester
The capsule will include photographs of the current crew, a copy of the internal staff magazine ‘Burning Issues’ and a copy of the Service’s Corporate Safety Plan. There will also be photographs of Loggerheads and Ashley from days gone by.
Children from St Mary’s CE Primary School in Mucklestone entered a competition to draw a poster depicting what they think the Service will look like in years to come. The three winning pieces of work will be included in the time capsule.
Pupils from Hugo Meynell Primary School in Loggerheads have drawn pictures of what they think firefighters will look like in the future. Eight of their creations have been framed and hung up around the new community fire station. The 11 youngsters will be at the time capsule burial.
Group Manager for the north of the county Glynn Luznyj will be attending the burial ceremony at 2.30pm along with Director of Finance, Assets and Resources David Greensmith. Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority Councillor Len Bloomer and Lord Mayor of Newcastle Linda Hailstones will also be in attendance as well as other local dignitaries.
Following the event there will be a performance by Loggerheads Community Choir, with support from local school pupils, at 2.45pm. They will present a dramatic piece called ‘The Great Fire of London’, by Alan Simmons, which tells the story of the incident as recorded by Samuel Pepys.
The next day, Saturday, May 16, a community event will be held from 11am-2pm when residents can meet the crew and have a behind the scenes look at the station.
Loggerheads Community Choir will take to the stage for a second performance, there will be a chip pan demonstration and people can look at the fire appliances. They can also try on breathing apparatus and look around the fire house.
Welephant will be entertaining children while teenagers can learn about driver safety with the VF4 Ford Focus ST, which has been kitted out with state-of-the-art equipment to simulate the impact of a car crash in order to educate young people on the potential risks of not driving safely and sensibly.
Local groups will set up information stalls and there will be a Fire Fighters Charity stand along with a book signing table for local historian Martin Holdcroft. Fire Cadets will be attending the event along with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service volunteers. Refreshments will be available.
Visitors are being encouraged to walk to the community fire station if possible as parking is limited. However, if this is not possible, people can use the Loggerheads Hotel car park. There will be disabled parking at the station if anyone requires it.
Loggerheads Station Manager Mark Walchester said: "We are very much looking forward to welcoming local residents to their new community fire station and showing them around the operational side of the facility as well as the rooms that are specifically designed for the use of groups based in the area.
"The event on Saturday promises to be really memorable and is an excellent opportunity for the crews to meet the residents of Loggerheads and surrounding areas.
"The time capsule burial will be a milestone in the history of the community fire station. It will include a range of items such as photographs of the current crew and pictures of Loggerheads and Ashley taken over many years. These pieces of memorabilia will provide a valuable insight into firefighting in 2015 when the capsule is dug up and opened in the future."
Loggerheads 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.
Loggerheads Community Fire Station opened in March 2015 and replaced the outdated facility in Ashley. It was the sixth 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 re-built plus the brand new station at Loggerheads.
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 emailing firstname.lastname@example.org