Crews have today moved into Leek’s new £3.4 million community fire station.
"This is a very exciting time, both for the firefighters who are based at the station and for members the community, as the ethos behind the new-look facility is to provide a multi-purpose venue with a variety of functions."
Leek Station Manager Carl Mason
The state-of-the-art facility on Springfield Road has replaced the outdated building on the same site, which became operational in 1971.
It has been designed to enable firefighters to respond more efficiently and effectively to 21st Century emergencies.
Facilities within the building have also been created specifically with the community in mind and for the use of residents.
Groups and organisations will be 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.
Leek Station Manager Carl Mason said: "Crews moved into the new community fire station in Leek over the Christmas break and the facility is now fully operational and serving local residents.
"This is a very exciting time, both for the firefighters who are based at the station and for members the community, as the ethos behind the new-look facility is to provide a multi-purpose venue with a variety of functions.
"It will continue to be a response facility where firefighters will turn out from during emergencies as well as providing a base where vital prevention and protection work can be carried out with and for the people of Leek.
"There will be the opportunity for community groups to use dedicated rooms, free of charge, to hold their meetings and interact more closely with their local firefighters. We are also delighted that Moorlands Radio will be based at the station, delivering local news to local people as well as promoting potentially life-saving safety messages from the fire and rescue service."
Leek is the ninth facility to be operational in phase two of a major upgrade of buildings across the county. Penkridge, Bilbrook and Codsall (one station), Stone, Rugeley, Longton, Kinver, Chase Terrace, and Loggerheads have already gone live.
In total, 10 community fire stations will be rebuilt on their current sites plus a brand new station at Loggerheads which replaces 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.
Bookings for the community rooms will be taken following post-completion works at the site.