Time capsule to be buried under new Headland fire station

Building work underway at the site of the Headland Fire Station
Building work underway at the site of the Headland Fire Station

A TIME capsule containing items ranging from a firefighter’s uniform to the work of schoolchildren will be buried at the site of a new fire station.

Firefighters, historians and local youngsters came up with the idea of burying the 3ft by 2ft capsule at the new £830,000 Headland Community Fire Station, which is being built in Durham Street.

The capsule, designed to help inform future generations of the life of a firefighter in the early 21st Century, will lock away 50 items including the uniform, a history of the fire station, DVDs looking back at the town in years gone by and the work of the town children.

Ian Hayton, chief fire officer of Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “As a fire service we need to invest in new facilities so the brigade can continue to provide an excellent emergency service in years to come and create fit-for-purpose buildings for the future.

“This building is also the first in the brigade’s new build programme to have a fully integrated sprinkler system installed. Given that there is a major community focus to the new building, we thought it would be a good idea to involve local people in the time capsule. I must say we have some very interesting items which will ensure that the legacy we are leaving will continue and future generations will know how their local fire service worked and integrated with local communities.”

Mr Hayton, chairman of Cleveland Fire Authority Councillor Robbie Payne and firefighters will be joined by school children, local historians and representatives from the main contractor ISG to bury the time capsule this coming Tuesday, May 13. The capsule will be buried in a Victorian well which was discovered on the site as part of the demolition work which started last February.

The new station will replace the previous 50-year-old building and one of its features will be a community room which can be used by local groups. The single-storey building will remain a retained operational fire station, housing one appliance and delivering protection, prevention and an emergency response service to the Headland community. The new station is expected to be completed by this autumn.

Coun Payne who represents the Headland and Harbour ward, said: “The new station is going to be a tremendous new facility for our fire and rescue service and the Headland community. We’ve had a really positive response to the time capsule suggestion and when it is discovered in years to come I am sure it will trigger some very interesting discussions and debates.”

Alan McCarthy-Wyper, managing director of ISG’s construction business, added: “Our contribution to the time capsule will help to record our involvement in the important development of Headland Community Fire Station.”