Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has been allocated a massive £50 million to rebuild a further eight fire stations in the county.
The Service found out yesterday that it was successful with a bid for the funding through the Government’s private finance initiative (PFI) scheme.
"This is absolutely fantastic news. To have secured support for a second multi-million pound rebuilding project from Government is just unprecedented."
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford
The exciting news comes just weeks after a similar £46 million scheme to build ten community fire stations was finalised.
The eight planned stations are; Burton, Chase Terrace, Codsall, Kinver, Lichfield, Leek, Rugeley and Stone. Outline planning applications have already been submitted on all eight of the sites and permission has been granted on six of these to date.
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford said, “This is absolutely fantastic news. To have secured support for a second multi-million pound rebuilding project from Government is just unprecedented. Our vision to have community fire stations is becoming reality - once these stations are built over half of our stations in the county will be modern, state of the art community fire stations.
“The rebuilt stations will all be designed with state of the art operational facilities. Community groups will also be able to use the facilities and the newly designed stations will allow for more community safety activities to take place. They will also improve the facilities we have to work with our partner agencies to provide effective, joined up services to meet the wide ranging needs of our communities."
Fire and Rescue Authority Vice Chairman, Cllr Barrie Mycock commented: “This is the largest investment in facilities the Service has ever seen. The £50 million investment is at current prices - it actually represents an investment in the region of £150 million by Government over the next 25 years.
“We are one of the only Services in the country to be awarded two pots of funding, which is clearly a reflection of the high esteem that this Service is held in by Government. However this has only been made possible by the hard work and effort put in by the staff involved.
"The Fire and Rescue Authority fully endorses this investment programme which will make a huge difference to developing the Service’s capacity to deliver improved safety and contribute to the well being of our communities into the 21st Century and beyond.”