Penkridge Community Fire Station marked a milestone today when a time capsule was buried in its grounds.
“We very much enjoyed welcoming pupils from St Michaels Primary school to this celebration along with local dignitaries. It is a memorable milestone in what I hope will be the rich history of the new Penkridge Community Fire Station"
Station Manager Graham Mills
The capsule included photographs of the current crew with a short biography from each firefighter who is based at the facility on Boscomoor Lane.
Pictures of both the old and new stations were placed in the time capsule along with a poster created by pupils from St Michael’s Primary School in Penkridge.
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford buried the time capsule and the event was also attended by Station Manager Graham Mills, members of the crew and local dignitaries.
The celebration was followed by community engagement sessions which took place between 1pm and 6.30pm. Coffee and cakes were served during the open events.
Groups and organisations are encouraged to hold their meetings in specially designated community rooms, creating a hub which will allow greater contact between local people and firefighters who serve the area.
Station Manager Graham Mills said: “We very much enjoyed welcoming pupils from St Michaels Primary school to this celebration along with local dignitaries. It is a memorable milestone in what I hope will be the rich history of the new Penkridge Community Fire Station.
“Visitors met the firefighters who serve their community and took a tour of the operational side of the facility where they were shown the appliance and equipment that is used during incidents. People were also invited to look around the community rooms which local groups and organisations can book free of charge.”
For information about the community rooms at Penkridge Community Fire Station email WSDGroomenquiries@staffordshirefire.gov.uk
Crews moved into the new £1.8 million facility in September. The state-of-the-art station on Boscomoor Lane has replaced the outdated building on the same site, which became operational in 1972.
It has been designed to enable firefighters to respond more efficiently and effectively to 21st Century emergencies.
In total, 10 community fire stations will be rebuilt on their current sites. 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.