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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Time capsule burial marks milestone

20/10/2015

Bilbrook and Codsall Community Fire Station will mark a milestone on November 4 when a time capsule is buried in its grounds.

"We are very much looking forward to welcoming the winners of the poster competition to this celebration along with local dignitaries. I’m sure that it will be a memorable milestone in what I hope will be the rich history of the new Bilbrook and Codsall Community Fire Station."

Station Manager Dez Stoddart

The capsule will include photographs of the current crew with a short biography from each firefighter who is based at the facility on Duck Lane.

Pictures of both the old and new stations will also be placed in the time capsule along with posters created by two winners from each of the four local primary schools.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford will bury the time capsule at 1pm and the event will also be attended by Station Manager Dez Stoddart, members of the crew and local dignitaries.

The celebration will be followed by two community engagement sessions - the first will take place from 2pm-3.30pm and the second from 4pm-6pm. Coffee and cakes will be served during the open events.

Station Manager Dez Stoddart said: "We are very much looking forward to welcoming the winners of the poster competition to this celebration along with local dignitaries. I’m sure that it will be a memorable milestone in what I hope will be the rich history of the new Bilbrook and Codsall Community Fire Station.

"The community engagement sessions will also be an excellent opportunity for local residents to have a behind the scenes look at their new fire station. Visitors will be able to meet firefighters who serve their community and take a tour of the operational side of the facility where they will be shown the appliance and equipment that is used during incidents. People will also be invited to look around the community rooms which local groups and organisations can book free of charge."

For information about the community rooms at Bilbrook and Codsall call 01785 898525 or email WSDGroomenquiries@staffordshirefire.gov.uk

The £2 million Bilbrook and Codsall Community Fire Station was the seventh facility to be operational in phase two of a major upgrade of buildings across the county. Loggerheads, Chase Terrace, Kinver, Longton, Rugeley and Stone had already gone live.

In total, 10 community fire stations will be rebuilt on their current sites plus the brand new station at Loggerheads which replaced 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.