A new era dawns in Tysons with the inauguration of a fire station | news / fairfax

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The east end of Tysons, home to many new and booming development projects, now has a fire and rescue station nearby to keep it safe.

Fairfax County officials hosted the Sept. 18 grand opening of Tysons East Fire Station No. 44 (Scotts Run Fire Station), which is designed to be respectful of the environment and neighbors.

The station, which became fully operational on Aug. 14, had been in the works for a decade, said Fairfax County Board of Supervisors chairman Jeff McKay (D). It is the 39th fire and rescue station in the county, showing the importance supervisors and residents place on public safety, he said.

“We may have the best assets in the world, the best equipment, the best resorts, but it’s really our people that make Fairfax County great,” McKay said. “Taking care of each of you remains my top priority.”

The Scotts Run station will be an important piece of the public safety puzzle as the county continues its long-term transformation of Tysons from a suburban office center to an “urban lifestyle” community, he said. declared.

The state-of-the-art station has modern technology and a well-equipped kitchen, said supervisor Dalia Palchik (D-Providence). County officials will ensure the facility has the right staff, support, equipment and training to be effective, she said.

The county will also build Station 29 on the other side of Tysons to further protect the public, Palchik said.

Located on 4.15 acres at 1766 Old Meadow Lane, Station 44 was funded and built by Cityline Partners LLC as a bid for its Scotts Run Station South mixed-use redevelopment project.

The two-story, 15,150 square foot station will operate 24 hours a day. It has three single-load truck docks, administrative offices, operational support areas and living quarters for up to 12 members. crew per shift.

A 35-foot-wide transition projection area protects the station from nearby multi-family residences, and the building has no exterior speakers. Those in charge of the fire and rescue service are committed to using vehicle-mounted sirens and nearby pneumatic horns sparingly.

A Cityline Partners official said the company “has assembled an excellent team to design and build the station,” including Trinity Group Construction.

“Creating a pandemic from start to finish was a challenge, but collectively we were able to overcome these challenges with flair,” said the representative.

Chris Herrington, who on July 12 became the new director of the county’s public works and environmental services department, said he had “absolutely nothing to do” with the establishment of the station, but was proud to be involved. at its inauguration.

The Herrington Department managed the construction of the station, but several other county agencies were also instrumental in the project, he said. For example, the department has coordinated with the Fairfax County Park Authority to build a restroom on the site that will be used by patrons of a future adjacent sports field.

The facility was designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification from the US Green Building Council, Herrington said.

The site uses low-impact development practices to reduce stormwater runoff, has energy-efficient systems to reduce operating costs, and is built with materials that promote better indoor air quality. he adds.

“I think the only thing we forgot maybe was the doghouse and the Dalmatian,” Herrington said.

The station’s development reflects Tysons’ rapid growth and its accompanying demand for public safety services, said Fire Chief John Butler. Tysons, with its growing number of tall buildings, presents unique challenges for first responders, he said.

Butler then assembled dignitaries and station staff for the traditional pipe unhooking ceremony. The group held up a pair of long, connected white fire hoses, and McKay and Butler unscrewed the metal fittings from the hoses to officially declare the station in service.

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