Loggerheads new community fire station was officially opened during a special ceremony on Thursday, June 9. The brand new station at Loggerheads replaces the 45-year-old station at Ashley.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rob Barber joined Station Manager Mark Walchester and members of the public at the celebration.
Ann Fisher, former High Sherriff, performed the official opening, watched by serving and former firefighters based at Loggerheads and members of the public. Local dignitaries were amongst the audience along with representatives of organisations that use the community rooms.
Station Manager Walchester said:
“We are extremely proud of our new community fire station which is part of a multi-million investment to make Staffordshire a much safer place to live, work and visit. Loggerheads has proved to be a real hub for local groups since it opened last February, attracting many organisations keen to make the most of the excellent community focused facilities which are available free of charge.
“I have no doubt that the emphasis on interacting much more closely and regularly with local people has helped us to reduce the number and severity of incidents reported. The Service has a firm belief in prevention being far better than cure and
community stations such as Loggerheads are helping us to make that ethos a reality.
“The brand new station at Loggerheads replaces the 45-year-old station at Ashley. That, coupled with the operational side of the facility now being fit to meet the needs of a 21st Century fire and rescue service, has made our community fire station a vital tool in a very strong kit. The official opening day will be a true celebration of all that we have achieved so far and of everything that we hope to achieve in the future.”
The £1.7 million community fire station has replaced the outdated base at Ashley which was built in 1967. It was designed to enable firefighters to respond more efficiently and effectively to modern-day emergencies.
Loggerheads Community Fire Station opened in February 2015. When the project is complete, 10 new community fire stations will have been built.
The first phase saw three additional stations developed and seven stations replaced between October 2009 and September 2011. The Service will have invested a total of £90 million, funded through a Private Finance Initiative, on improving the stations when the project has been completed.
Facilities within the building have been created specifically with the community in mind and for the use of residents. For more information on how to book a room, call 01785 898550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Shortly after the official launch the fire crew was called out to an emergency involving a pet which had accidentally ignited a cooking appliance in a home. Fortunately for the family their smoke alarms alerted them to the situation and they escaped without injury