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Events marks offical opening of Kinver Community Fire Station

15/10/2015

The official opening of Kinver Community Fire Station
The official opening of Kinver Community Fire Station

Kinver’s new community fire station was officially opened during a special ceremony this week.

“The community fire stations also give us a great base to work from with our partners, particularly in health and social care, so that we can help residents to live independently and enjoy the best possible quality of life. We are looking forward to working ever more closely with the communities of Kinver.”

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford and Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority Councillor Len Bloomer welcomed South Staffordshire District Councillor Lin Hingley who performed the official opening.

Station Manager Dez Stoddart also attended and Kinver firefighter John Taylor took visitors on a trip down memory lane when he showcased photographs of the station in years gone by.

Mr Dartford said: "The PFI project has been a major investment in the Service and one which I strongly believe has contributed to making Staffordshire a much safer place to live, work and visit.

"The number of incidents we have attended over the past decade has significantly reduced. We have achieved this partly through the engagement with and education of local residents during visits to our new facilities. This ethos has received support from successive Governments, confirming that our approach makes sense in theory and works in practice.

"The community fire stations also give us a great base to work from with our partners, particularly in health and social care, so that we can help residents to live independently and enjoy the best possible quality of life. We are looking forward to working ever more closely with the communities of Kinver."

The £1.9 million community fire station has replaced the outdated base on Fairfield Drive which was built in 1957.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.

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