PLANS for a new community fire station in Stone will be showcased during a drop-in session at the existing Fillybrooks site on Wednesday September 11.
The blueprint for the new facility, which will be built on the existing site and is one of 11 funded through a £45million Private Finance Initiative, will be on display between 6pm and 8pm.
PFI Programme Director Steve Knight said: “This is a great opportunity for residents to come and have a look at the plans for their new community fire station and to talk to the construction team about the work programme.
“The community fire stations are proving to be a real hub for local communities and it would be great for the people of Stone to come along and have an input into the type of activities that will be held there once the new building is complete," he said.
"In Staffordshire we are leading the way for the UK’s fire and rescue service and these facilities are right at the heart of our success in decreasing the number of fires, year on year, through increased education on how to prevent fires.”
Work on the station will begin next month and marks phase two a scheme to provide state-of-the-art, community-focussed fire stations across Staffordshire with facilities benefitting local people.
The new building will be equipped with hi-tech operational facilities, dedicated rooms and amenities for community groups, space for community safety activities like student firefighter courses and fitness equipment for supervised groups to use.
Stations opened in phase one of the scheme - which saw three new stations built and seven replace between October 2009 and September 2011 - are used by more than 200 groups across Staffordshire, from Staffordshire Police, local NHS organisations, Citizens Advice and housing associations to creative writing clubs gardening groups and even a music club for the Turkish community.