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Date given for new fire station to open

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 18, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

  • Staffordshire chief fire officer, Peter Dartford of Leek, who has been awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal

  • Chief fire officer Peter Dartford, who has won the Queen's Fire Service Medal.

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THE county's fire chief has confirmed that work is set to on Leek's new station in August – with an opening date in November 2015.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue chief officer Peter Dartford revealed the date as he spoke of his pride in being awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal in the New Year's Honours list.

He is presently overseeing the rebuilding and refurbishments of fire station across the county.

This year will see work start on building a new fire station on the present Springfield Road site in Leek.

The new station will have purpose built community facilities and will be available to groups and organisations to use.

Mr Dartford said: "Building of the new Leek Community Fire Station is planned to be started by contractors at the present site on August 4 this year.

"The new station is scheduled to be handed over to the authority on November 23, 2015, with all 'post completion works' finished by May 6 2016.

"We have been very fortunate to get Government support to replace many of our buildings, so it seems we are doing something right."

Mr Dartford praised members of the public for being careful during the recent strikes by firefighters, who are in dispute with the Government over pensions.

He said: "During the strikes we put in contingency plans across the county. It is pleasing that people have being taking notice of our messages that we have been putting out.

"I hope that a settlement is soon found, as we cannot offer as good a response then when we have full crews available."

Mr Dartford added he was very pleased and very proud to be given an honour in the New Year's Honours list.

He was now waiting for a date to attend Buckingham Palace to receive the award.

Mr Dartford, who is married with four children, has been the county's chief officer since his promotion in 2008.

He said: "I am very pleased and proud.

"I was surprised when I got the letter informing me of the award, but it was very nice to see your name on the list. The award is also about recognising the fantastic work people across the organisation do as we have a great workforce.

"I am extremely grateful to my wife Natalie and my family for the support they have given me."

Mr Dartford, joined the service as a retained firefighter in 1981, in Hertfordshire.

A year later he went full-time and was transferred to St Albans station.

He joined Staffordshire as the northern divisional commander, based in Hanley in 1999.

Later he was promoted to deputy chief officer before taking the county's top job. Housing group head honoured: Page 21

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