New Crozet Firehouse Sign Creates Opportunities for Safety, Community

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Tom Loach and Rodney Rich with the new CVFD sign (Photo: Theresa Curry)

The Crozet Volunteer Fire Department is the proud owner of an electronic sign, the first in Albemarle County, according to Tom Loach, a lifetime member of the department and assistant training officer. Loach said the new sign at the front of its building on Three Notched Road, is managed via computer. It has the versatility to display any message deemed appropriate by the department.

Some are light-hearted, said Loach, like the messages sent out to congratulate parents on the birth of baby girl or boy; some are helpful, like the current time and temperature; and some will impart important safety information. “If we know of an accident on Rte. 250 or I-64, we can have a warning here and some people who pass by will be able to avoid it.”

During emergencies, it will be a way to post information to help the community cope, said Rodney Rich, the department’s captain. “If we’d had a sign like this after the derecho (the intense wind storm of 2012), we could have advertised that we had water and air-conditioned space for the public inside.”

The sign, which cost $27,000, was a gift to the community from the former Ladies Auxiliary, Loach said. The department is interested in hearing from community members who have ideas for messages of interest to the community.

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