Albemarle County and University of Virginia officials convened at the new Ivy Fire Rescue station on Kirtley Lane, next to the Volvo of Charlottesville car dealership, on August 29 to dedicate the new two-bay facility, officially Station 15, which the county established in a U.Va.-owned warehouse.
The station serves the area between the Charlottesville city limits and Crozet. It has one engine and one rescue vehicle and is staffed by 17 firefighters, some paid and some volunteer. The station has a kitchen/dayroom, a fitness room, sleeping quarters and an operations office, plus a disinfectant room and storage areas.
County fire and rescue chief Dan Eggleston said that the insurance rating services are planning to expedite the rating of the station and thus cut insurance costs for Ivy residents. He said that since becoming operational July 1, the station has already lowered response times.
Volunteer station chief Bob Larsen, who was instrumental in making the station a reality, thanked his wife and the wives of all the volunteers for supporting the firefighters, who contribute 48 hours a month.
The station will host an open house with tours and equipment demonstrations Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.