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Time capsule burial marks milestone for Lichfield

July 17 2018

A time capsule has been buried to celebrate the newly opened Lichfield Community Fire Station.

It was fantastic to see so many people attend the burial and contribute to the contents of the capsule. There is such a good variation of items in the box so it should definitely make for an interesting find when it is opened.

Station Manager Damian Armstrong

Firefighters, support staff, community room users, volunteers, and members of the public marked the special occasion on Friday, July 13, having collected various donations to contribute to the capsule. 

The contents theme of 25 years focused on items from 25 years ago, the present and predictions for what the fire service will be like in 25 years time, when the capsule will be opened. 

The Service received donations from several groups, individuals and organisations including a futuristic drawing of what the Rainbow Girl Guides expect a fire engine to look like in 2043 along with a picture of a current appliance. Other items include a copy of the local newspaper, ID badges, calligraphy letters, photos of the current staff at Lichfield, uniforms, photographs from past and present and more.

The crew were particular impressed by the contribution made by Hub Club member Grace, who shared her recipe to make slime in the capsule along with her ideas on automatically cooling uniforms for the firefighters and flying fire appliances. 

Station Manager Damian Armstrong said: “It was fantastic to see so many people attend the burial and contribute to the contents of the capsule. There is such a good variation of items in the box so it should definitely make for an interesting find when it is opened. 

“It is really important for us to celebrate the Service’s history, where we are now and our hopes and expectations for the future. The members of the community are really at the heart of what we do so to have so many people involved in this occasion was brilliant to see. 

“I hope when the capsule is opened in 25 years it gives the finders a taste of what the Service was like in 2018, what the community were like and how we worked together to make Staffordshire safer. It will also be interesting to see if any of the predictions come true – a fire engine that can emit sonic waves to extinguish fires like Hollie Carter drew would be amazing!”