It’s been years in the planning and months in the building, but the Richmond County Department of Emergency Services now has a more spacious and functional place to call home. While the department moved in approximately two weeks ago, they held an open house on Thursday for the community to visit their new space.
Complete with individual sleeping areas that can accommodate up to 9 people if needed, a homey kitchen area, and recliners to relax and watch television, the space is much more inviting for staff in between calls.
But the new station is about more than just comfort. It will allow the department to function much more efficiently. The department’s former location on Route 360 was first built in the 1960s and expanded as the needs of the department grew, but it was never enough. Some equipment had to be stored elsewhere, office space was seriously lacking, and training space was non-existent.
Stepping into the massive new garage space, the logistical improvement is hard to miss. Most importantly, there is space to house all the department’s fire and rescue equipment, and large bays to make exiting safer. And now they no longer need to make “the turn.” Before, trucks had to exit from the back of the station and make a sharp U-turn before heading out to Route 360 taking precious time during an emergency. Exiting onto Route 360 was also tricky when school buses where dropping off or picking up students at nearby Rappahannock High School. There was plenty of traffic and little space for drivers to yield to the emergency vehicles.
In addition to more space for equipment and offices, they now have a place for on-site training when necessary.
For the full article, pick up the latest Northern Neck News 2/20/19
After years of planning, the Richmond County Department of
Emergency Services is enjoying their new home.