Boards to Brighten Up Construction At Hanley Fire Station

Local Stoke-on-Trent schools and youth groups are helping to make the construction site for the new community fire station in Hanley look brighter by painting different designs and pictures onto large boards.

The large 8 x 4 metre boards have been provided by the contracted construction company, Thomas Vale.

The Thomas Boughey Children Centre and Kindergarten, Shelton Youth Service, Brighter Futures, Waterside Primary School and The V team at YMCA have all helped to paint the eight panels with artwork to reflect their involvement with the Service.

Rehana Iqbal, Community Risk Reduction Officer for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said:

“This is a fantastic and fun way to engage with our local community. The community groups involved have had some brilliant ideas and I can’t wait to see the finished art work.”

Rachel Burt, Manager at Thomas Boughey Kindergarten said:

“We were delighted to be invited to participate with this project, the children are very excited about creating their board and can’t wait to see it displayed at the construction site.”

The boards are due to be mounted at the site once building work begins for the new fire station.

To book a free Home Fire Risk Check contact: 0800 0241 999. For all other non emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills. In an emergency dial 999.

Hanley Fire Station Comes Down!

Hanley Fire Station is set to come down as demolition starts to make way for the brand new community fire station.

Hanley firefighters have moved into temporary onsite accommodation, whilst the wider support team have moved to offices at Quantum House, based on Leek Road.

The temporary fire station which is a steel framed structure comes complete with offices and bays for all three appliances – emergency response will remain the same throughout the construction period.

Demolition of the main building will commence on 21st June. The stages of demolition will be visible to passers-by straight away and construction of the new station is programmed to begin on 27th July. The new £5.1 million community fire station, is expected to open in July 2011.

Wayne Bowcock, Area Commander for Stoke-on-Trent said:

“The new fire station at Hanley is highly anticipated and although the demolition of the existing station is the end of an era for the local community it also signifies the beginning of a new one.

“The new station to be built couldn’t be more different to the current station; it will come complete with facilities for use by the public, allowing us to really embed ourselves within the local community.”

Local schools and youth groups are helping to make the construction site look brighter by painting different designs and pictures onto large 8 x 4 metre boards provided by the contracted construction company, Thomas Vale.

The Thomas Boughey Children Centre and Kindergarten, Shelton Youth Service, Brighter Futures, Waterside Primary School and The V team at YMCA will all be helping to paint the eight panels with artwork to reflect their involvement with the Service.

Rehana Iqbal, Community Risk Reduction Officer for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said:

“This is a fantastic and fun way to engage with our local community. The community groups involved have now received their boards and some brilliant ideas are beginning to come emerge. I feel privileged to be a part of this project and looking forward to seeing the finished art work”

Rachel Burt, Manager at Thomas Boughey Kindergarten said:

“We were delighted to be invited to participate with this project, the children are very excited about creating their board and can’t wait to see it displayed at the construction site.”

Funding for the new station has come from a multi million private finance initiative (PFI) project. The consortium delivering the project is called Fire Support (see Notes to Editor 1) and construction company, Thomas Vale, have been contracted to carry out the build at Hanley.

Gary Mail, Group Construction Director of Thomas Vale said:

“The new station in Hanley will provide state of the art facilities for the authority and added benefits for the local community and supply chain. We are extremely proud to be working with our partners in Staffordshire.”

To book a free Home Fire Risk Check contact: 0800 0241 999. For all other non emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills. In an emergency dial 999.

Bin Fires in Bentilee

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are warning people in Stoke on Trent to keep their wheelie bins and refuse containers out of sight, following two incidents in the Bentilee area last night [Thursday].

The first call was received at 1.55am and involved a fire in a wheelie bin on Swaythling Green. Whilst crews were extinguishing this fire they noticed smoke issuing from a neighbouring property. Again this incident involved another fire within a wheelie bin but this time on Winchester Avenue. Crews from Hanley attended both of these incidents.

Stoke on Trent Assistant Area Commander, Andrew Leedham commented:

“Luckily both fires were confined to the wheelie bins only, however we have attended numerous incidents in the past where the fires have in fact spread into properties causing unnecessary damage to peoples homes, and putting lives at risk.

“Both of these fires, which were within a close proximity to each other, are believed to have been caused deliberately. We would urge members of the public to ensure that refuse containers and wheelie bins are stored outsight and away from buildings, and where possible locked away or padlocked shut to prevent fires from spreading.”

To book a free Home Fire Risk Check contact: 0800 0241 999. For all other non emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills. In an emergency dial 999.

Vulnerable Adults Become Fire Stars

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched an interactive fire safety training package designed to support and protect people with learning difficulties.

In its previous guise as PRIDE, the initiative enjoyed success in both Stoke-on-Trent and Lichfield. It has now been improved, updated and renamed Fire Stars. The new name is taken from a training exercise in which participants are placed in a simulated home environment and asked to put adhesive stars on fire hazards they identify.

Donna Broadhead, Watch Manager at Hanley Fire Station, said “The project is helping to educate vulnerable members of the community on matters of fire safety and prevention in the home. It is very pictorial, showing lots of simple images which are easy to understand and help get the message across regarding fire safety, So far our prime target has been young people with learning difficulties who are living semi-independently in sheltered accommodation. From January we aim to roll this out once a month and will be looking to target older people with the same messages.”

The main focus of Fire Stars, a power point presentation, is to illustrate the main causes of fire in the home and generate discussion around risk reduction.

“We simulate a home environment and ask people to work in groups to identify potential fire risks. Talks then concentrate on the importance and impact of smoke alarms, night time routines and escape plans before a second exercise gives people the chance to put their understanding into practice. We ask people taking part in the training to pass on the knowledge they’ve learned to friends and family. In doing so they become Fire Stars and are presented with certificates.” adds Donna.

Having already been delivered to residents at Lovatt Court and people attending Riverside Training Employment Centre, Fire Stars will visit Rising Stars Youth Group and Shelton Day Centre in the New Year.