Roanoke (VA) Dedicates New Fire Station That Honors the Past

The department has "reopened" a new station on the site of a 75-year-old station.

Roanoke, VA, FireEMS Department recently dedicated an opened a reconstructed Station No. 7, according to a report published by the Roanoke Times.

The original 75-year-old station had to be demolished to make way for a modern fire station, but many parts of the old building were salvaged and the style and character was preserved, the newspaper reported.

The new fire station is 16,000 square feet and has capabilities to accommodate both male and female firefighters and staff with separate bathrooms and sleeping quarters, the paper reported.

The station will house a ladder truck and a medic unit which will answer about 3,000 calls annually, said the paper.

Among the items incorporated from the 1922 fire station are bricks that line the entrance way, wooden doors from closets in the original station, a table held up with legs made from the original firefighter pole, and window frames that now serve as picture frames, according to the newspaper.

The firefighters showcases the new station with a virtual tour on its Facebook page.

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