Fire and rescue representatives, county staff and elected officials recently attended a groundbreaking ceremony for a new fire and rescue station in Gainesville. Fire and Rescue Station 22 will be located at 7500 Century Park Drive.
The station's design and strategic location will help to increase the level of service provided to residents, as it will help relieve pressure on other fire stations in the area and help reduce response times to incidents, according to Prince William Fire and Rescue System Chief Tim Keen.
Fire and Rescue System Assistant Chief Jim Forgo echoed Keen's comments. "Today's groundbreaking ceremony is to celebrate the construction of this new and innovative station…which is strategically located in the western part of the county and will help fill the four-minute response gap that we've had for a while and provide relief for one of the busiest stations in the county, station 11."
The new 19,000-square-foot station will have four drive-through bays to house a pumper unit, a rescue unit, collapse unit and an advanced life support ambulance.
The building, scheduled to be completed in 2021, will also include sleeping quarters, a kitchen and dining area, a dayroom, a physical fitness room, a training room, offices and equipment storage space.
Gainesville District Supervisor Pete Candland, who spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony, said "This station here demonstrates our commitment as a board and as a community to providing the necessary infrastructure to keep our citizens safe. We a growing community, and I'm really looking forward to when we can come out here and cut the ribbon."
Prince William County Executive Chris Martino said it was good that the county was breaking ground and adding another station to the county's inventory. "Station 22 has been on the drawing board for a few years. So, it's good that we are breaking ground and moving forward. It's another great step forward for the fire-and-rescue system."
Keen thanked officials for their support of the system. "I would like to thank the Board of County Supervisors, County Executive Chris Martino for their continued support to make Prince William County a safe and secure community."
The station, which sits on a site with room for future expansion, is expected to cost approximately $16.9 million, which includes design, land acquisition, construction, furnishings and infrastructure.
More information about the county's fire and rescue system is available at pwcgov.org/fire.