Crews have today moved into the new Bilbrook and Codsall Community Fire Station.
"We are really pleased to have moved into the new Bilbrook and Codsall Community Fire Station which has been designed to meet the needs of a 21st Century fire and rescue service."
Station Manager Dez Stoddart
The state-of-the-art facility on Duck Lane in Bilbrook has replaced the outdated station which was built in 1971.
It has been designed to enable firefighters to respond more efficiently and effectively to 21st Century emergencies.
Facilities within the building, which cost £2 million, have also been created specifically with the community in mind and for the use of residents.
Groups and organisations will be encouraged to hold their meetings in specially designated community rooms, creating a hub which will allow greater contact between local people and firefighters who serve the area.
Station Manager at Bilbrook and Codsall Dez Stoddart said: "We are really pleased to have moved into the new Bilbrook and Codsall Community Fire Station which has been designed to meet the needs of a 21st Century fire and rescue service.
"Our role has progressed to being far greater than extinguishing fires, there is a strong focus on preventing blazes with an emphasis on working with our communities so they are armed with the information they need to protect themselves and their families.
"We will be encouraging local residents to interact with us as much as possible, to use the community rooms and to seek potentially life-saving advice from the crews and community safety officers regarding safety in the home and on the road. The new facility is in the heart of the community and we are very keen to spread our message to members of the public, businesses and schools in the area to help make it even safer."
Bilbrook and Codsall Community Fire Station is the seventh facility to be operational in phase two of a major upgrade of buildings across the county with Loggerheads, Chase Terrace, Kinver and Longton, Rugeley and Stone already live.
In total, 10 community fire stations will be rebuilt on their current sites 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.
Bookings for the community rooms will be taken following post-completion works at the site.