The Kirkpatrick Farms Fire and Rescue Station project is officially underway. Loudoun fire and rescue officials and community leaders gathered at the future station’s Aldie site Oct 29 for the ground breaking ceremony.
The new station will be No. 27 for the county, and will house an engine, medic unit and a tanker because many areas still do not have fire hydrants, W. Keith Brower, Chief of the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue System, said.
“This station also has a significance in that it is going to fill a gap with respect to insurance services,” Brower said.
Properties located farther than five miles from a fire station have to pay higher premiums in insurance, so with the new station, the area will become more affordable for homeowners.
The station will be 15,000 sq. ft., will have geothermal heating and cooling systems and a kitchen, Brower said.
Brower also thanked the county Board of Supervisors and the previous board for advancing the project by allocating funds in the budget. The station is expected to open in about a year, Brower said.
Board of Supervisors chair Phyllis Randall also spoke at the ceremony, as well as vice chairman Ralph Buona, and supervisors Tony Buffington, Geary Higgins and Matt Letourneau.