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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Crews have moved into Burton Community Fire Station

17/02/2016

Crews have moved into Burton’s new £3.8 million community fire station.

"Opening the station up to local residents creates a vital link between firefighters, community safety officers and volunteers, enabling fire and road safety advice to be discussed. This greater level of engagement means that we can work with residents in order to prevent incidents happening in the first place, which, in turn, will save lives."

The state-of-the-art facility on Moor Street has replaced the outdated building on the same site, which became operational in 1973.

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.

PFI programme Director Steve Knight said: "This is a really exciting milestone for the fire and rescue service and for the residents of Burton. We are very proud of the new state-of-the-art facilities which were designed with a dual purpose in mind – to meet the needs of a modern day fire and rescue service and to act as a focus for community activities.

"The new modern station will allow us to provide the first class emergency response cover that our communities expect and deserve. It will continue to be a response facility where firefighters answer emergencies as well as providing a base where vital prevention and protection work can be carried out with and for the people of Burton.

"Opening the station up to local residents creates a vital link between firefighters, community safety officers and volunteers, enabling fire and road safety advice to be discussed. This greater level of engagement means that we can work with residents in order to prevent incidents happening in the first place, which, in turn, will save lives."

Burton is the tenth facility to be operational in phase two of a major upgrade of buildings across the county. Leek, 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.