EXCITING plans for the new fire station in Burton have been released.
The modern designs were drawn up by Kier Developments and work on the building is set to commence on September 29, starting with the demolition of the present station.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue’s chief fire officer, Peter Dartford said: “The first thing that builders will do is build a temporary station and we’ll move into there because one thing we can’t do is close the station for 18 months.”
The new station will take the place of the present one once it has been demolished.
There will also be a time capsule added to the building containing items from the former station.
The official opening for the rebuilt station will be January 2016 but fire officers are hoping to be able to make use of the building months before then.
When talking about the benefits of the new station, Peter said that he wanted the building to be more integrated into the community and its local projects.
He said: “This is not just going to simply be brighter, newer more shiny versions of what we’ve already got.
“The new station will represent a completely different approach to the way we deliver our services and it’s really all about community engagement.”
The station will be equipped with rooms and facilities for local groups to utilise for their own activities to encourage people to attend the stations more often.
There will be a number of groups using the facilities ranging from toddlers groups to weight loss clinics.
He added: “What the station is about is creating an environment where the community will come inside regularly to use the facilities.
“Of course though, while they’re here, they will then engage with us and a range of our partners such as the local authority and community support officers.
“It will become a local community hub.”