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Event marks official opening of Longton Community Fire Station

28/10/2015

Longton’s new community fire station will be officially opened during a special ceremony on Thursday, November 5.

"We are extremely proud of our new community fire station which is part of a multi-million investment to make Staffordshire a much safer place to live, work and visit. Longton has proved to be a real hub for local groups since it opened last November, attracting dozens of organisations keen to make the most of the excellent community focussed facilities which are available free of change."

Station Manager Broadhead

Longton’s new community fire station will be officially opened during a special ceremony on Thursday, November 5.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford and Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority (FRA) Councillor Len Bloomer will join Station Manager Ian Broadhead at the celebration.

Councillor Kath Banks, who also sits of the FRA, will perform the official opening, watched by serving and former firefighters based at Longton. Local dignitaries will be in the audience along with representatives of organisations that use the community rooms.

Pupils from Blythe Bridge High School will entertain people arriving at the celebration while U3A Ukulele, which meets in the community room, will perform at the end of the event.

Station Manager Broadhead said: "We are extremely proud of our new community fire station which is part of a multi-million investment to make Staffordshire a much safer place to live, work and visit. Longton has proved to be a real hub for local groups since it opened last November, attracting dozens of organisations keen to make the most of the excellent community focussed facilities which are available free of change. 

"I have no doubt that the emphasis on interacting much more closely and regularly with local people has helped us to reduce the number and severity of incidents reported. The Service has a firm belief in prevention being far better than cure and community stations such as Longton are helping us to make that ethos a reality.

"That, coupled with the operational side of the facility now being fit to meet the needs of a 21st Century fire and rescue service, has made our community fire station a vital tool in a very strong kit. The official opening day will be a true celebration of all that we have achieved so far and of everything that we hope to achieve in the future."

The £3.5 million community fire station has replaced the outdated base on Uttoxeter Road which was built in 1976. It was designed to enable firefighters to respond more efficiently and effectively to modern-day emergencies.

Longton Community Fire Station opened in November 2014 and was the third 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 898550 or email northerncommunityrooms@staffordshirefire.gov.uk