The end of an era will be celebrated at Hanley Fire Station this Saturday as the station prepares to close, ready for the building of a brand new community fire station.
'Hanley Fire Station Farewell Day' is being held this Saturday from 12 noon - 4pm. The free event, open to both past and present fire service staff and the general public, will take people on a trip down memory lane, from the 70s through to the current day.
"This will be a truly momentous occasion."
Wayne Bowcock, Area Commander
There will be displays of old uniform, old newspapers cuttings and fire service memorabilia from the past 40 years. “Modern day” demonstrations throughout the day will include rope rescues, chip pan fires and firefighters showing how they cut people free from car crashes.
There will also be the opportunity for people to view the fire engines and Service mascot, Welephant, will also be entertaining the crowds. Pupils from local primary schools are being treated to visits to the fire station this week; they will then be invited to return next year when the brand new £6.09 million community fire station opens.
Area Commander for Stoke-on-Trent, Wayne Bowcock said: "This will be a truly momentous occasion, particularly for the staff who have worked here over the years. The station holds many memories, some of which we hope to embrace as part of this special event.
"We also hope the public will join us in our celebrations; it will give them a final opportunity to what is behind those big red doors before they close for the last time.
"The new station to be built couldn’t be more different to the current station; it will come complete with facilities for use by the public, allowing us to really embed ourselves within the local community."
During the construction of the new building the firefighters will continue to operate from the site, from temporary accommodation. The new community fire station is expected to open in July 2011.
The station is one of ten new community fire stations being built across the County under the multi million private finance initiative (PFI) project. The consortium delivering the project is called Fire Support and construction company, Thomas Vale have been contracted to carry out the build at Hanley.
Parking at the event will be restricted to disabled badge users, members of the public are encouraged to make use of local City Centre car parks. Entry to the event is free.