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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Marking a milestone with time capsule burial

09/11/2015

Birches First School Primary School teacher Sabrina Varricchione with firefighter Elliott Caddick and six year-old Yvie Laville
Birches First School Primary School teacher Sabrina Varricchione with firefighter Elliott Caddick and six year-old Yvie Laville

Bilbrook and Codsall Community Fire Station marked a milestone when a time capsule was buried in its grounds.

The capsule includes 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 have also been 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 buried the time capsule and the event was also attended by members of the crew and local dignitaries.

The celebration was followed by two community engagement sessions.

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.

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