Chase Terrace’s new community fire station will be officially opened during a special ceremony on Wednesday, July 8.
"Chase Terrace will be the first station to have an official opening ceremony as part of the PFI 2 project. The initiative is a major investment both in the Service and the wider community, with specific rooms dedicated for the use of local groups."
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford
Jane Sutton, the mother of the late Steven Sutton, MBE, who raised millions of pounds for the Teenage Cancer Trust, will be the guest of honour at the event.
Steven, who passed away last year following a brave battle against cancer, grew up in the area and touched the lives of people not only locally and nationally but internationally.
Ms Sutton will be joined by Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant, Director of Prevent and Protect Dean Stevens and Director of Finance, Assets and Resources David Greensmith.
Firefighters based at Chase Terrace Community Fire Station, on Rugeley Road, will also be attending the ceremony which will start at 3pm.
Mr Dartford said: "Chase Terrace will be the first station to have an official opening ceremony as part of the PFI 2 project. The initiative is a major investment both in the Service and the wider community, with specific rooms dedicated for the use of local groups. These dedicated spaces, which are free of charge to residents, have encouraged greater engagement between the Service and local people, enabling us to advise them on a range of issues to help to improve their health, safety and well-being. This vital prevention work has made a significant contribution to reducing the number of incidents that are occurring and the number of casualties that arise from them.
"The new station’s upgraded training facilities and amenities also allow firefighters to continue to provide the first-class emergency response cover that our communities expect and deserve."
Chase Terrace Community Fire Station became operational in September 2014 and was the first to go live as part of PFI 2.
A further 10 fire stations are being rebuilt on their current sites as well as 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 over £90 million, funded through a Private Finance Initiative, on improving the stations when the project has been completed.
Enquires about booking the community room at Chase Terrace can be made by calling 01785 898629.