Dec. 19, 2013
The Fontaine Avenue Fire Station is the first station to be built in Charlottesville in 52 years, but it's more than meets the eye.
Charlottesville Fire Chief Charles Werner says he and his crew are itching to get into their new home.
The state-of-the-art new station serves a residence for member of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad, and is a training facility for the Charlottesville Fire Department.
“Almost all the spaces in this fire station are designed with training feature inherent to almost every space so that we can train in almost every room of this building to be more effective at what we do,” says Chief Werner.
The department's current training location is outside of the city, which forces them to take units out of service.
The new station gives firefighters the ability to train for almost any circumstance from racing through a smoke filled apartment, to pulling a baby from an underground tube, to providing medical assistance to someone trapped on a rooftop.
"One of the things firefighters do most often is train,” adds Werner. “On average firefighter train three hours per day, and the reason we have so much training is because we are an all-hazards department"
All of the equipment and technology comes at an expense; The station cost $14.2 million to build.
“We've done our best to be fiscally responsible. We've built something that will last a long time,” Werner said.
The fire chief says they will not build any more fire houses for another 50 years.
Werner says the firehouse's location and design will help cut down response times, in some areas dropping from eight minutes to four or even two