Mount Jackson Rescue and Fire moves into new facility

A firetruck backs into the new Mount Jackson Rescue and Fire station after a recent call. Rich Cooley/Daily

The Mount Jackson Rescue and Fire Company has completed its move to a new 15,000-square-foot-facility after a lengthy approval and construction process.

The new building, located at 6175 Main St., a short distance from the company’s old site, will replace the previous building, which was built in the 1930s.

Company President David Brinegar said the age of the old building was a “huge issue.”

“There was lead paint, asbestos,” he said. “We did research on the cost of renovating the old place, and realized we could build a whole new facility for a little bit more than that.”

The company has been in its new facility for about a month now, with the first calls answered from the station on March 4. Brinegar says that the new station is a huge improvement over the old.

Mount Jackson Fire and Rescue President David Brinegar stands inside one of two bunk rooms that will accommodate a total of 12 people in the new fire station on South Main Street. Rich Cooley/Daily

“We definitely have more room for apparatus,” he said. “Second, we now have living facilities. At the other facility, we really didn’t have separate facilities for men and women. Now we do.”

While the station is fully operational, finishing touches are still being applied.

“We’re still sorting through stuff – what we’re going to keep, what we’re going to get rid of. We’re about 95 percent ready,” Brinegar said. “We’re finishing up our museum area. Some of the workout equipment hasn’t arrived yet, but as far as living here and using the facility, we’re operational.”

This marks the end of what was originally slated to be a 10-month process, with predicted completion by early summer of 2015. However, weather played a role in the project’s delay, and therefore the building, on which construction was started Oct. 1, 2014, wasn’t completed until recently. Total cost of the project was $2.4 million.

Brinegar says he hopes the station will be a center for the community for many years to come.

A separate temperature-controlled gear stall room with 31 stalls is located outside the bay area for emergency vehicles in the new station. Rich Cooley/Daily

“The money for the facility all comes from the community. It’s the community’s house. We want it to last 50 years for the people of Mount Jackson and the surrounding areas,” he said.

Additionally, the new station boasts a commercial kitchen and an event center, which will accommodate up to 150 people. Brinegar says the station plans to hold an open house/ribbon-cutting sometime in May.

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com

Shenandoah County career firefighter/EMT Danny Funkhouser and Mount Jackson Rescue and Fire volunteer Robert McKenzie pack away equipment after a recent call. Rich Cooley/Daily

The fire department's kitchen area features a commercial-sized refrigerator/freezer and a table that seats 12. Rich Cooley/Daily

A day room features eight recliners and a wall-mounted flat panel TV screen. Rich Cooley/Daily

Mount Jackson Fire and Rescue President David Brinegar stands inside the event room's commercial kitchen. The event room is available for rent and the fire department can cater event as well. Rich Cooley/Daily

This is the event room at the new station. It is a separate facility behind the fire department that can be used for community events, meetings and parties. The room can accommodate 150 people. Rich Cooley/Daily

The department's rescue truck backs into the bay area of the new Mount Jackson Rescue and Fire headquarters on South Main Street. Rich Cooley/Daily