An artist's impression of the new fire station at Chase Terrace

A deal to build new fire stations in Chase Terrace and Lichfield has been rubber-stamped.

They form part of phase two of a £45million private finance initiative (PFI) project to rebuild ten stations across Staffordshire.

An artist’s impression of the new fire station at Chase Terrace

Chase Terrace Fire Station was originally built on the Rugeley Road site in 1969, with the replacement building expected to be constructed by August 2014.

Meanwhile, work to reconstruct the 50-year-old Birmingham Road station in Lichfield will begin in December 2014, with the new facility due for completion in May 2016.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: “We are developing fire stations that are purpose-designed for our role in the 21st century as a proactive fire prevention service and which are also at the heart of their community, providing modern facilities for local people, local groups and other local services to use and enjoy.

“Once this massive undertaking is complete – in 2016 – Staffordshire will have rebuilt a total of 17 fire stations, created three brand new stations in areas of need and one station in a new location, and refurbished a further six stations.”

The new stations will be equipped with hi-tech facilities and have space for community safety activities such as student firefighter courses. They will also feature dedicated rooms and amenities for the community groups, while stations crewed round the clock will have fitness equipment that can be used by supervised groups.

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