For Immediate Release
October 12, 2017
Ground Broken for
Route 10 Fire Station
Prince George County broke ground this morning on a Fire & EMS station to be located at Route 10 and Moody Road.
Despite a mist of rain that fell at times during the ceremony, a good turnout was on hand that included members of the Prince George Board of Supervisors, County Staff, members of the Burrowsville Volunteer Fire Department and other volunteer personnel, elected and appointed officials and nearby County residents.
“This was a long time coming and I am very happy,” commented Burrowsville Volunteer Fire Chief John Nicol, whose company will be assigned to oversee the building when it is constructed. “I want to thank everyone who has been part of this.”
Prince George BOS Chairman Bill Robertson gave a history of the project, which dated back to the planning stages almost 20 years ago.
“I want to thank the volunteers at Burrowsville for pushing for this to happen,” Robertson said. “This will provide additional coverage for our citizens.”
Billy Woodruff, a resident of Jordan on the James subdivision, said he really got interested in a new station for the area when a close friend of his passed away after it took a lengthy time for an ambulance to respond.
“I am so glad this is happening,” Woodruff said. “I am thankful our concerns were heard.”
The Board of Supervisors at its September 26 meeting accepted an architect’s design to construct a fully-built fire station. In previous discussions, the BOS was unsure whether a fully-built station was necessary since Burrowsville Volunteer Fire Department operated a full station further up Route 10. However, after receiving the architect’s report from HBA Architecture Interior Design and listening to County Staff, volunteer fire personnel and citizens attending the meeting, they unanimously voted to move ahead with a fully-built station.
Part of the concern previously was also the cost of a fully-built station as opposed to a partial station that only included three bays and an office. The cost of the partial as presented by the architect was almost $1 million less than the fully-built proposal.
The architects pointed out the cost to add on to a partially-built station would cost the County about $400,000 in future years as opposed to building the full-station now. The estimated cost for the fully-built station is $2.3 million, but firm numbers won’t be known until bids are received by contractors interested in building the facility.
The station will not only reduce response times to residents in and around the Moody Road location, but will also reduce premiums for homeowner insurance policies.
The construction time is expected to be about 12 months once a contractor is retained.