June 15, 2006
It's looking like Albemarle County is one step closer to getting started on the new fire station.
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors met tonight and one of the issues on the agenda was the lease for a temporary fire and rescue facility in the Hollymead area.
The approval by the board will allow firefighters to move into a temporary location until the new one is complete. By adding this station, Station 12, fire officials believe they can cut response time by 5 to 6 minutes, which in an emergency, could seem like a lifetime.
"It's important to respond quickly and start procedures and care before you have irreversible brain damage, in some cases, such as cardiac arrest," explained Fire Chief Dan Eggleston.
Standard response time is 5 minutes, but the first responding station in Earlysville - which is one of the busiest - takes anywhere from 8 to 10 minutes.
The proposed location for the new station is just off Hwy 29 and Airport Rd. and officials are anticipating having the station open in July of 2007.
In response to the growing number of calls they receive, that station in Earlysville is doubling its amount of volunteers, many of which may also serve at the new station.