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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

New Community Fire Station Gets Royal Approval

25/07/2017

Ceremonial Squad Derek Dawson, HRH, CFO Becci Bryant, Ceremonial Squad Ralph Rhodes, Ceremonial Squad Jim Hill
Ceremonial Squad Derek Dawson, HRH, CFO Becci Bryant, Ceremonial Squad Ralph Rhodes, Ceremonial Squad Jim Hill

The Duke of Gloucester has officially opened Burton Community Fire Station.

“In this modern world we do not always appreciate those who have the courage to go through the special training it takes to know how to react in an emergency. It must be fantastic for the community to walk past and see this building and know it is full of people who know what to do to keep them safe."

HRH The Duke of Gloucester

HRH was given a tour of the facilities by Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant on Tuesday July 25. As part of the tour he was shown a fire rescue demonstration by firefighters using the Aerial Ladder Platform and fire training house, and also examined some of the equipment on a fire appliance. He also met University of the Third Age (U3A) group leader Judy Ebberly, who uses the community facilities.

CFO Becci Bryant and HRH with the U3A

At the end of the tour HRH unveiled a plaque marking the official opening of the station. 

Chief Fire Officer for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Becci Bryant said: "We are incredibly proud of the new station and more importantly what it means to the communities we serve. This building provides excellent facilities to allow for the delivery of a modern fire service but importantly it is somewhere that local people can use for a range of activities – a hub which brings the community together."

Before unveiling the plaque HRH The Duke of Gloucester said: “It is a great pleasure to come to Burton upon Trent to help celebrate the opening of the station for firefighters who help us and put their lives at risk to keep us safe.

“As an architect I approve of the idea of having the right building for the right job. In this modern world we do not always appreciate those who have the courage to go through the special training it takes to know how to react in an emergency. It must be fantastic for the community to walk past and see this building and know it is full of people who know what to do to keep them safe.

“Having been told how this building is open to the community I hope it will reassure all those who use it that the Service is there for them and that it will be enjoyed by all those who work here.”

CFO Becci Bryant, HRH, Group Manager Toby Wilson meeting the Burton crew following a demonstration

Eastern Service Delivery Group Manager Toby Wilson said: "It was a great privilege to meet HRH; he took a real interest in the station and everyone he met. He asked lots of questions and the firefighters were impressed with his enthusiasm and interest in the equipment.

"We were really pleased that his HRH recognises that Burton was not like a traditional fire station - he seemed genuinely impressed with the building and everything it represents."

Firefighters moved into the new community fire station, which comes complete with state of the art training and professional development facilities, in February 2016. The station is crewed around the clock by 28 firefighters working over four shifts, as well as 12 retained (on-call) firefighters.

Burton-upon-Trent Communty Fire station  

The station has been designed to provide a range of facilities for the local community and partners to use, including a community meeting room, a dedicated area for student firefighters, a gym for supervised groups and a partnership area. Over 21 groups and organisations including; University of the Third Age, Donna Louise Trust, Alzheimer’s Society, Action for Blind, and Burton Mind, are now using the facilities on a regular basis.