A time capsule buried in the foundations of a new station will help Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service cement a place in the lives of Stafford residents for generations to come.
Dozens of children from St Peters Playgroup, students at Stafford Sports College and youngsters at Silkmoor Community Primary School, The Grove Primary School, Burton Manor Primary School and Flash Ley Community Primary School have donated personal items to be buried underneath the new community fire station at Rising Brook.
"This time capsule creates a legacy because it means the young people who have contributed to it will have a connection to the Fire Service for the rest of their lives."
Chris Hughes, Watch Manager at Rising Brook
Chris Hughes, Watch Manager at Rising Brook, said the project will break new ground in the ongoing relationship between the Fire Service and the community it serves.
"When the children grow up it will connect us to their partners and children, and when they grow up, their partners and children too!
"It kick-starts a series of events at Rising Brook designed to target the wider community."
Judy Bladon, Leader of Transition and Opening Minds, at Stafford Sports College said: "Year seven students have been studying the concept of time and what message we would wish to leave for others in the future."
"n years to come our grandchildren and great grand children will be able to read about the school we attended and what is important to us as we live our lives in the school and wider community."
"In the time capsule students have included memories, photographs and information about what it is like to be a 12-year-old in 2009."
"They are all following the progress of the new community fire station at Rising Brook with great interest and are thrilled to play a part in raising awareness of our community in this way."
Nursery Manager at St Peters Pre-School added: "We are all very excited about working with the Fire Service.
"Working together will enable the pre-school to offer more opportunities to the children, their parents and families. "
"It will also extend the children’s learning programme 'How to Stay Safe,' which is being delivered in the new station next year."
Work at the Rising Brook site started in July and is expected to be completed next summer. It forms part of a £46-million investment by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to build ten new community fire stations.
The new retained station will complement the existing wholetime station at Beaconside, Stafford. A total of 16 new Firefighters have already been recruited to provide retained fire cover.
The time capsule is being buried at the site of the new station in Rising Brook during a special ceremony on Friday, November 27th at 1.50pm.