Feb. 11, 2014
Current and past Charlottesville firefighters gather to celebrate the opening of a new station on Fontaine Avenue.
It's their first new facility in more than 50 years.
The three-story building also serves as a training facility, allowing firefighters to train in any kind of weather, and keep units ready to respond.
In the atrium, there is a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. There are also rooms upstairs, and a public meeting room for community meetings.
Charlottesville Fire PIO Rich Jones says this new station is going to help make fire service in the city better.
"It puts our fire apparatus in a position to respond quicker, and to give service to the citizens of this area of the city who before may have taken a little bit longer for us to get to either downtown or other locations."
Their first call at the new station was just after 8:00 this morning.