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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Official opening of Kinver Community Fire Station

12/10/2015

Kinver’s new community fire station will be officially opened during a special ceremony on Tuesday, October 13.

"The new community fire station in Kinver is already proving to be a real hub for local people and organisations. Like all of the PFI 2 facilities, it was designed with two purposes in mind - to meet the needs of a 21st Century fire and rescue service as well as providing a valuable meeting space, free of charge, for community groups."

Station Manager Dez Stoddart

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford will be attending the celebration and South Staffordshire District Councillor for Kinver Lin Hingley will perform the official opening.

Station Manager Dez Stoddart will also be attending and Kinver firefighter John Taylor will take visitors on a trip down memory lane when he showcases photographs of the station in years gone by.

The £1.9 million community fire station has replaced the outdated base on Fairfield Drive which was built in 1957. It was designed to enable firefighters to respond more efficiently and effectively to 21st Century emergencies.

Station Manager Stoddart said: "The new community fire station in Kinver is already proving to be a real hub for local people and organisations. Like all of the PFI 2 facilities, it was designed with two purposes in mind - to meet the needs of a 21st Century fire and rescue service as well as providing a valuable meeting space, free of charge, for community groups.

"The rooms have proved to be a vital link between residents and our crews, community safety officers and volunteers who now have more opportunity to discuss fire safety, both in homes and on the roads. This greater level of engagement means that we can work with residents in order to prevent incidents happening in the first place, which, in turn, will save lives. The new community fire station also has far superior training facilities and amenities which allow crews to continue providing a first-class emergency response cover."

Kinver Community Fire Station opened in December 2014 and was the second 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 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.

Facilities within the building have been created specifically with the community in mind and for the use of residents. For more information on how to book a room, call 01785 898525 or email wsdroomenquiries@staffordshirefire.gov.uk