A sod-cutting ceremony to mark the construction of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service's new community fire station at Sandyford was held today.
The £4.5 million state of the art facility on Reginald Mitchell Way is scheduled to officially open next Autumn.
"The new Sandyford station has been designed with the public in mind, to be exciting, attractive and appealing."
Peter Dartford, Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Chief Executive/Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford, was joined at the event by Chairman of the Integrated Asset Development Strategy, Board of the Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Rex Roberts OBE, lead Fire and Rescue Authority members for Stoke on Trent, together with Cllr Lee Wanger and Paul Clarke, Director of Thomas Vale Construction who are undertaking the building work.
Peter Dartford stated: "We want the community to enjoy a special bond with its fire station, the design of which is setting the standard for future fire and rescue service facilities, not only in Staffordshire but hopefully across the UK."
Cllr Rex Roberts OBE, added: "Now is a very exciting time for the Fire and Rescue Service, the communities it serves and the people who make up those communities. Everyone will benefit from such an outstanding new facility."
The new station will house one standard engine alongside a specialist appliance which has dual purpose.
It will include facilities for use by operational staff as well as a community room and a gym which can be used by both firefighters and supervised community groups. Sandyford is the second of ten new stations being built under the £46 million private finance initiative (PFI) project.
Steve Ball, Contracts Manager at Thomas Vale said: "We are delighted to be associated with such a prestigious project.
"Thomas Vale Construction is committed to delivering quality build which will be a bench mark for future projects within the PFI scheme."