May 10, 2014
The Charlottesville Fire and Rescue squad officially has a new place to call home as the Fontaine Avenue Station holds its grand opening.
The new facility will house members of the Charlottesville Fire Department, the Charlottesville-Albemarle rescue squad and offices for the Charlottesville police department.
Members of the community were able to take a tour around the new building at Saturday’s special event.
“What's really unique about this is that it's not only a fire station, but it's also a training center,” says Chief Charles Werner of the fire department. “We can do everything in this fire station that we couldn't do before, except for a live fire.”
“That allows us to train 24 hours a day, 365 days a year because we have the ability to train inside.”
This is the first new fire department for Charlottesville in the past 50 years.