January 25, 2007
Albemarle County is taking a step in making the Hollymead area safer.
Thursday morning, officials broke ground for the construction of its new Hollymead Fire Rescue Station.
The new station will allow emergency responders to cut down on response times, therefore saving more lives.
It will do this by having more people working, and by being in a convenient location.
The fire department has a goal of responding to fire emergencies within five minutes, and medical emergencies within four minutes. Right now, due to population growth, it is drastically missing its goal.
"We are seeing a response time right now of about 13 minutes, which is more than double our goal. So it is very important for us to get those times down," explained Chief J. Dan Eggleston.
The facility is set to open late this year, and will have a meeting room, living quarters, fitness facilities, and ample room for equipment.