- Six-to-eight residents of affected neighborhoods included
- Members to be appointed in November
- Recommendations expected by mid-March 2016
- Options include rebuilding current Fire Station #8 at its Lee Hgwy location
The Arlington County Board today approved the charge for a task force that will review viable sites for placing an upgraded and expanded Fire Station #8, including its current location at Lee Highway and North Culpepper Street. The Board plans to appoint the task force members at its November meeting.
The Board said that the task force will include a chair, six-to-eight members of affected civic associations, two neighbors of other fire stations, one appointee from the Arlington Civic Federation, and one member each from the Planning Commission, the Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission and the Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission.
The Board voted 3 to 0 to adopt the charge, with Board Members Jay Fisette, Libby Garvey and John Vihstadt voting to adopt the charge. Board Chair Mary Hynes, and Board Vice Chairman Walter Tejada, abstained from the vote, noting that they will be stepping down from the Board before the task force completes its work.
According to the charge, the task force will:
- Review viable sites for a replacement Fire Station 8 (currently located at Lee Highway and North Culpepper Street).
- Identify potential sites that meet the Fire Department’s operational criteria to include:
- Improve fire/EMS response times
- Location(s) that does not adversely affect response elsewhere in the County
- A site that is able to accommodate a 3 or 4 bay station with drive-through access and parking for 12 personal vehicles
- A site on, or in close proximity to, an arterial street
- Balances service needs with cost (operating and capital)
- Recommend a site based on the consensus of the Task Force membership; if no consensus can be reached provide 2-3 sites with justifications for each (the proposed timeline calls for the Task Force to report to the Board by mid-March 2016)
For more information about Fire Station #8 and the community process to determine its future location, visit the County website.
Learn about the history of Fire Station #8.