skip to content

Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Pioneering project will support local businesses

16/10/2015

A pioneering partnership which will help to support existing businesses and create new jobs across Staffordshire is set to be launched.

"Our ethos is to make Staffordshire the safest place to live and work and our new community fire station at Stone reflects that view. Not only is it fast becoming a hub for local groups and organisations but, with this partnership, it is also supporting businesses across the county and providing much needed employment opportunities. It will assist in reducing costs to the tax payer and any income generated as a result will be fed back into the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Safer Communities CIC where it will be used to support and improve the health, safety and wellbeing of the people of Staffordshire."

Rowan Kitton - Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service lead in Driver Development and Education

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has teamed up with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to set up a new specialist driving test centre.

From November 2, bus, lorry and car and trailer tests will be taken from the new community fire station at The Fillybrooks in Stone.

The move comes after the test centre in Swynnerton was closed in March. It means that trainers in Staffordshire will now benefit from a more convenient local service, saving on fuel costs and travel time.

The Service will invest money paid by the DVSA in rent and running costs into the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Safer Communities Community Interest Company.

The CIC aims to tackle issues that can contribute to people becoming less safe such as health, isolation, lifestyle and economic deprivation.

Rowan Kitton, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service lead in Driver Development and Education, said: "We are looking forward to embarking upon this pioneering partnership with the DVSA. We believe it will be a huge benefit to the communities of Staffordshire and the road haulage industry in general, which has recently been without a local testing facility. The fact that Stone is situated in a fairly central part of Staffordshire means that it is not only far more convenient and less time consuming for test candidates to travel to it will also help to reduce the carbon footprint and save companies money in fuel which is a welcome result in what continue to be challenging financial times.

"Our ethos is to make Staffordshire the safest place to live and work and our new community fire station at Stone reflects that view. Not only is it fast becoming a hub for local groups and organisations but, with this partnership, it is also supporting businesses across the county and providing much needed employment opportunities. It will assist in reducing costs to the tax payer and any income generated as a result will be fed back into the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Safer Communities CIC where it will be used to support and improve the health, safety and wellbeing of the people of Staffordshire."

DVSA’s Head of Operations Phil Lloyd added: "We are pleased to be working with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to offer a more local service for vocational testing. This is a great example of how we can work with partners in the public and private sector to provide a service that is convenient as well as being cost effective."