Lord-Lieutenant Arrives By Fire Engine

Sir James Hawley KCVO the Lord-Lieutenant arrived to Staffordshire Fire and Rescue HQ with his wife, Lady Hawley, yesterday morning to get a lift to Hanley Community Fire Station. Rather than the more traditional car to take him to Hanley Sir James found a Fire Engine waiting for him.

He was firstly given a tour of the appliance before being driven to the station on the fire engine ““ something he described as a dream come true.

The Lord-Lieutenant has served in his role for the last 16 years, attending over 200 locations in Staffordshire with members of the Royal Family during that time. The official opening of Hanley Community Fire Station was one of his last official roles before he retires.

Hanley Community Fire Station Official Opening Today

Hanley Community Fire Station will be officially opened by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Sir James Hawley KCVO today.

As part of the officially opening ceremony, the four men who came to the aid of neighbours during a house fire in Bentilee, Stoke-on-Trent in December last year will also receive Chief Fire Officer bravery awards (see notes to editor).
Between them, the men rescued Christopher Maskery and four children from the burning property and will each receive certificates from Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford on Friday, October 28th.

The official opening of Hanley Community Fire Station ceremony seemed a fitting time to award the brave members of the community who helped save the lives of others during the tragic house fire on Housefield Road in December last year.

All four men acted with astonishing bravery that day and their main concern was not for their own safety but for the safety of their neighbours and that is not something we could overlook.

This station is not simply a brighter, shinier version of what we already had here”“ this is truly a community facility that happens to have fire engines parked in the bays ““ something that local people are using for a range of activities.

We are extremely proud of the new station and more importantly what it means to the communities we serve. This building represents a completely new way for our services to be delivered and provides a model for others to follow in the future.

We’re delighted to welcome the Lord Lieutenant to officially open the station in a ceremony that is set to capture the community spirit evident in Stoke-on-Trent.

Firefighters moved into the new community fire station, which comes complete with state of the art training and professional development facilities, in July. The building has been designed to provide a range of facilities for the local community and partners to use, including a community meeting room, a dedicated area for student firefighters, a gym for supervised groups and a partnership area. The station is crewed around the clock and 41 firefighters are based at the station.

Community and partner groups interested in booking the free community room facilities at Hanley, which seat up to 60 people, should email northerncommunityrooms@staffordshirefire.gov.uk or ring 01785 898760. Slots are available weekdays from 9am ““ 10pm and at weekends from 9am ““ 5pm.

Lead Theft At Longton Fire Station

Yesterday we reported on the damage caused to Stoke Minster by lead thieves, today we have heard that Longton Fire Station is the latest of an increasing number of buildings in Stoke-on-Trent to have had the unwelcome attention of lead thieves.

Thieves managed to remove lead tiles worth £3000 from the roof of the station sometime before 27 April.

Staff only noticed the theft after it had rained overnight on 27 April and they were faced with flooded rooms the next morning.

Area Commander for Stoke-on-Trent, Wayne Bowcock said, ‘We are extremely disappointed that anyone would do this to any building, let alone a building that’s sole purpose is to serve the community. We hope someone from the local community will come forward with information to help trace the culprits.’

The theft caused £6,000 worth of damage, double what the tiles were actually worth, as the roof has had to be made watertight again, electricians have been required to repair damaged electrics & heating and several rooms have had to be cleaned and re-decorated.

PC Lisa Joynson at Longton Police Station said, ‘This theft has been reported to and is being investigated by Staffordshire Police. Anyone with information is asked to contact Longton Police on 0300 123 44 55 or alternatively people can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.’

Hanley Firestation bids Farewell..for now

Hanley Fire Station was open to the public today with a farewell open day. Fire Fighters put on various displays including, rescue demonstrations, using cherry pickers and harnesses, and how to put out a chip pan fire. The public were able to sit in a fire trucks which were displaying their equipment such as hoses and winching gear.

In addition there were a variety of stalls laid out giving away freebies for children such as colouring sheets, armbands and water bottles. Inside the main fire bay, old uniforms, and fire engines from years gone by were on display alongside a model of the New Hanley fire station which will be built on the current site with work beginning later this year.

The new-build Fire Station is just one of nine new build Community Stations across the county. The new look stations will be designed to accommodate the general public with seminar rooms and lecture theatres to enable community use of the brand new state of the art facilities.