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New Fire Station Nears End of Design, Moves Towards Construction

by Vernon Miles November 20, 2018 at 1:30 pm 9 Comments

With a little less than a year before construction is scheduled to start on the new Reston Fire and Rescue Station 25, project is starting to shift from conception to physical.

Laurie Stone, a strategic planner for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, said residents should start seeing work on the temporary fire station soon.

“The next thing you’ll see is when we start constructing the temporary facility behind the police station,” said Stone. “That will be starting soon… probably by the first of the year.”

After the fire crew moves into the temporary station at 1800 Cameron Glen Drive, Stone said demolition of the old fire station at 1820 Wiehle Avenue and reconstruction will begin in late summer-fall next year. The new fire station is expected to open in spring 2021.

The new station is scheduled to be 17,150 square-feet, over twice as large as the current 7,750 square-foot station. It will include four bays for the fire trucks on the first floor and administrative offices, a day room, kitchen, storage and bunk rooms on the second floor.

Stone said the station is built to facilitate any necessary new equipment or additional staffing required as the area near the Wiehle-Reston East area continues expanding.

The new fire station has also taken into consideration the developments planned nearby, like the redevelopment of Isaac Newton Square just behind the station.

“[This fire station] is in the Reston comprehensive plan for this area,” said Stone, “So we’ve met with the developer before to make sure they’re aware of it, so when their rezoning application goes through [to Fairfax County] it will go through our agency for review.”

As the area becomes increasingly crowded, Stone said it’s important to ensure the vehicles can quickly and safely enter and exit the station.

“This is going to be a drive-through station,” said Stone, meaning fire trucks will be able to leave from either a south or north entrance to the station. “When the development happens behind us at Isaac Newton they are going to work with us to make sure we can access the rear of the station.”

Stone also said the station development is keeping in mind the planned bridge over Wiehle Avenue which will be adjacent to the fire station. That bridge is planned to be built by October 2022.

“We’re ahead of their schedule,” said Stone, “so we’re coordinating construction so that they don’t disturb our operations.”

  • Ponderingthesurge

    Not clear why we need a firehouse two and a half times the size of the current one, or why we need a new one at all?? They don’t seem all that busy as it is!

    • Deep State

      Are you joking? Scarcely a day goes by that I’m not caught up in some traffic traffic delay caused by fire station activity and/or having them go screaming past my house.

      • 30yearsinreston

        Firehouse expansion wont make that better

    • Greg

      We don’t need one that much larger. We need better, wider roads.

      There are at least three four fire / rescue stations serving Reston (North Point, this one, and Fox Mill) with the one at Beulah and Leesburg Pike as a backup.

  • Greg

    “As the area becomes increasingly crowded…”

    How can it be so? What with all the road diets, woonerfs, bike lanes, subsidized bikes and motorized bikes, and roundabouts…

    • 30yearsinreston

      Dear Leader Hudgins told us, so it must be so
      Plum, as usual, is doing nothing about the roads

  • John Higgins

    Ya gotta love Reston. A constant symphony of grousing about lack of infrastructure to accompany development (yes, I am among them) – and when a step is taken in that direction, folks are asking, “Why do we need this?”

    • Greg

      Well, perhaps better use of the existing infrastructure is warranted. For example, we called 911 in June and specifically indicated that we needed an ambulance for transport to Reston Hospital (about a mile from our house).

      There was no fire, accident, extraction, rescue, or other need for more than an ambulance with two staff for the short mile drive to the hospital.

      We were sent an enormous ladder truck with two drivers (front and back), a regular fire truck, an Expedition, a supervisor truck, and an ambulance. There must have been 25 people at our house and the entire cul de sac was blocked with vehicles and flashing lights.

      When other neighbors have called for an ambulance, the same number of vehicles and people showed up.

      What did that cost? Why was it necessary?

      Also, I thought Fairfax County was now billing for ambulance transports? No one asked us for our insurance or identification information and we never received a bill.

      • John Higgins

        Greg, I have a pretty good idea why more calls for service receive responses as you describe, but the best answer comes from the source. Drop by the station and pose this question, I’m sure they will be happy to talk to you.

        The incremental cost of their response was supplies and fuel. Under the circumstances you describe, the county made money on this one as the flat rates charged are several hundred dollars.

        The county bills the payer (health insurance or Medicare) directly based on the information the patient gives the hospital. Had there been no coverage, you would have received a bill.

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