Herndon, VA—This November, firefighters at the Spring Street station will be moving to a temporary station to allow construction to commence on the Spring Street site.
The current Spring Street station is the oldest in the city and is due for replacement. “The first phase is supposed to be done at the end of this month, and the staff will move at the end of the month,” said county project manager Deepak Bhinge.The door memorializing firefighters who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 will be placed into a wall in the new station.
The building was constructed in 1950, and many stories exist about the station, according to Captain Patrick Kelly. “Everybody that worked here has a lot of affection for the place because it’s old, and old stations have character,” he said. “It’s not that we want to leave. In order to become a modern fire station, we have to address some issues.”
He said the building was constructed before being American Disabilities Act compliant was necessary. The current building has a steep flight of stairs, but the new station will have an elevator built in.
There are more women working in the station now than ever, he said, and women’s facilities have to be updated to show this.
The current station also barely houses the new fire truck. The truck is only several inches shorter than the opening in the front.