The ribbon has officially been cut on Lichfield Community Fire Station. Although the base has been in operation for a number of months, councillors, firefighters and local residents visited the site for an official opening ceremony on Tuesday (October 17). Lichfield District Council Chairman Cllr Mark Warfield joined Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant for the event which also saw crews carry out a special demonstration using new extrication tools before allowing people to look round and have a tour of the new station. The station includes several community rooms as well as housing two appliances. Station manager Ruth Watchorn-Rice said: “This has already proven to be a fantastic hub for the community as well as our crews. “It offers a great range of facilities including far superior training facilities. These allow us to continue to provide the first class emergency response service we provide to Lichfield. “The increased engagement with the community at the station allows us to prevent more incidents from occurring by giving us greater opportunity to share our safety messages, in turn saving more lives.” Groups interested in taking advantage of the community rooms at Lichfield Community Fire Station can contact Lisa Jenkinson on 01785 808 563.