Handsworth Community Fire Station is the first purpose built community fire station in Europe and was opened officially in June 2000. This was a joint initiative with Birmingham City Council SRB4 Community Safety Team.
The award winning Centre is designed to provide a service to the local community, whilst delivering a planned approach to safety issues with an emphasis on fire safety. The Centre provides a focal point for community safety and welfare helping to make the West Midlands safer for all.
In its first four years the Centre hosted almost 70, 000 visitors, creating opportunities to make people safer through links to agencies that use the Centre or joint working with the community.
Handsworth Community Fire Station offers:
The Red Hot Education Station - an interactive Fire Experience designed to allow groups to witness the dangers of a real fire in total safety and discover the consequences. They can then tour a virtual room containing safety hazards and learn the best way to survive if trapped by fire.
Conference facilities - including a 60 seat presentation theatre, a fully equipped IT training room with 17 workstations, a general training room, a small interview room and a conference room. Although the rooms are available for hire, non-funded groups from the local community actively involved in the betterment or safety of the community may, at the discretion of the Centre manager, be offered the facilities free of charge.