Manassas (VA) Fire Department’s new $15 million Station 21 went into service today, reports potomaclocal.com.
Located at 10631 Dumfries Rd., south of the railroad tracks and next to the Prince William County Fairgrounds, the new 21,000-square-foot Station 21 replaces the last station to open—Station 1 at 9322 Center St. next to the Prince William County Courthouse—51 years ago. The city’s first station, on Centreville Rd. in downtown, opened in 1956.
Station 21 will be staffed with as many as seven career firefighters and three volunteers per shift. A medic unit will be staffed at the station 24 hours per day, and a rescue engine will be ready to go.
The city held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday for fire crews, city employees, and the press. Chief William Garrett led the ceremony and thanked the contractors who built the brick station to fit in with the other brick buildings in the city.
“Station 21 was dispatched to its very first “official” call from the new location this morning at approximately 10:13am. Medic 521 and Rescue Engine 521 were dispatched to a medical emergency in the area of Portner Avenue. We are excited for this next chapter in the System’s service to the citizens and businesses of Manassas. #cmfrd #gmvrs #521things,” the department wrote on Facebook.