nvdaily.com link to home page

Traffic | Weather | Mobile Edition
      Archives | Subscribe


Local News arrow Fire & Rescue arrow Front Royal arrow Joe Beck

| 0

Warren fire supporters thank community

2013_03_30_fire-station.jpg
Firefighters, business executives and government officials gathered at the North Warren Volunteer Fire Department Station No. 10 on Saturday to celebrate the paying off of a construction loan and the transfer of station ownership from a holding company to Warren County. Joe Beck/Daily


By Joe Beck

The second floor of the North Warren Volunteer Fire Department Station No. 10 on Saturday night was filled with people marking a milestone in the building's short but drama-filled history.

More than 100 firefighters, business executives and government officials gathered to celebrate the paying off of a construction loan and the transfer of station ownership from a holding company to Warren County.

Speakers recalled the building's rise and fall and rise again. First conceived in the late 1990s, it opened in late 2002 only to have the roof collapse four months later under the weight of a heavy snowfall.

County Administrator Douglas P. Stanley said he was visiting relatives in Virginia Beach when he received a phone call from Fire Chief Richard E. Mabie describing the collapse.

"My first question was, 'Is anyone hurt?'" Stanley said. "After all, buildings can be replaced, lives can't."

The relief that came upon learning no lives or equipment were lost was followed by a rebuilding effort. The reborn station that rose from the debris in early 2004 came with a much improved second floor that featured a vaulted ceiling, enlarged windows, kitchen and enough space to make it what Stanley called "one of the nicest banquet spaces in Warren County."

"It is not often that something this catastrophic can occur, and you end up in a better situation than that which you started," Stanley said. "But that is what happened at Company No. 10."

Mabie said the rebuilt station proved its worth shortly after reopening when a mobile home blew up. The propane gas explosion on U.S. 522 near the Interstate 66 exits left two people dead, destroyed three buildings and threw the gas tank 500 feet from the dwelling.

"That incident still stands as one of the most catastrophic in the county," Mabie told the audience.

Before the construction of the fire station, firefighters would have had to travel through Front Royal from the station on Commerce Avenue to the explosion site, Mabie said.

The building of Company No. 10's station off of U.S. 522 on Rockland Court allows firefighters to provide automatic aid to departments as far away as Strasburg, Middletown and Stephens City, Mabie said.

"That just proves again this is a great location," he said.

The station's coverage area includes 13 miles of I-66, eight miles of U.S. 522 and a small part of Interstate 81. The opening of the station cut firefighter response times by 10 to 12 minutes within the service area, Mabie said.

Several speakers praised what they called a unique financing partnership in building the station. A holding company formed from representatives of county government, the business community and Company No. 10 volunteer firefighters to raise money. Stanley estimated the total cost of the project at $2 million, about $420,000 of which came from the county.

Michael R. South, president of the North Warren Volunteer Fire Company Title Holding Company, said the organization allowed the station to expand fund raising beyond traditional sources

"For many fire companies, all they think about is bingo as a financial support tool," South said.

Stanley called the station "a great example" of people coming together to meet an urgent community need.

"When this process started, I lived in the Linden area, and it did not impact me on a personal level," Stanley said. My family has since moved to the Rockland area, and I can tell you that I am proud to have this station protect me and my family."

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com


Comments

Comments that are posted represent the opinion of the commenter and not the Northern Virginia Daily/nvdaily.com. Report abuse by clicking the X next to the comment.













Local News Sections

Agency on Aging Agriculture Alex Bridges Apple Blossom Festival Aviation Basye Berryville Boyce Breaking News Briefs Business Charities Civil War Clarke County Colleges Corrections Courthouse Notes: Permits, Transactions Courts & Legal News Crime & Public Safety Economy and Jobs Edinburg Education Edward N. Bell Election 2012 Entertainment Environment Fairs & Festivals Fire & Rescue Fishers Hill Fort Valley Frederick County Front Royal George Washington National Forest Guest Column Hard Times Health History Holidays Homes In The Spotlight Joe Beck Josette Keelor Kim Walter Ledger Livestock Local Markets Maurertown Media Middletown Military & Veterans Moms Mt. Jackson New Market Page County Pets & Animals Politics Progress 2013 Quicksburg Religion Rockingham County RSW Jail Sally Voth School News Shenandoah County Shenandoah Farms Volunteer Fire Department Star Tannery State Stephens City Steven A. Boyce Strasburg Toms Brook Traffic & Transportation Utilities Valley 911 Warren County Weather West Virginia Winchester Woodstock Year in Review




News | Sports | Business | Lifestyle | Obituaries | Opinion | Multimedia| Entertainment | Homes | Classifieds
Contact Us | NIE | Place a Classified | Privacy Policy | Subscribe

Copyright © The Northern Virginia Daily | nvdaily.com | 152 N. Holliday St., Strasburg, Va. 22657 | (800) 296-5137

nvdaily.com
Best Small Daily Newspaper in Virginia!


nvdaily.com | seeshenandoah.com