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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Lichfield final PFI station to officially open its doors

18/10/17

Firefighters, council members and residents came together to celebrate the official opening of Lichfield Community Fire Station at a special ceremony on Tuesday October 17.

“This station has already proven to be a fantastic hub for the community as well as our crews. Through the station we have been able to strengthen our relationship with the residents and organisations within the community of Lichfield."

Station Manager Ruth Watchorn-Rice

Lichfield District Council Chairman Mark Warfield did the honours of unveiling the new facilities on Birmingham Road, alongside Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant and around 15 retired firefighters.

During the ceremony crews based at the station carried out a special demonstration using new road traffic collision extrication tools they have on site before allowing people to look round and have a tour of the new station.

The station includes several community rooms for residents and groups to use as well as housing two appliances a Pump and a TRV used to respond to incidents.

Station Manager Ruth Watchorn-Rice said: “This station has already proven to be a fantastic hub for the community as well as our crews. Through the station we have been able to strengthen our relationship with the residents and organisations within the community of Lichfield.

“The new station offers a great range of facilities including far superior training facilities. These allow us to continue to provide the first class emergency response service we provide to Lichfield. The increased engagement with the community at the station allows us to prevent more incidents from occurring by giving us greater opportunity to share our safety messages, in turn saving more lives.”

Head of the PFI Programme Stephen Knight said: “We have opened 22 PFI stations over the last seven years and it is a great joy to see all the work now completed and all the stations being used not only by our crews but also by the community. Some of the station’s community rooms are already booked for more than 90 per cent of the time which is just fantastic as this is exactly what we had hoped, to provide not only a great facility for our firefighters but a space for community groups, organisations and the public to come together.”

Community and partner groups interested in taking advantage of the community rooms at Lichfield can contact Lisa Jenkinson on 01785 808 563.