MCFRS News Release
County Executive and Fire Chief to Celebrate Ribbon-Cutting of Third Fire and Rescue Station in Germantown and Commemorate First Responders on September 11
Facility Will Enhance Emergency Response Services to Area
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, County Council President Nancy Floreen, Council member Mike Knapp, Delegate Charles Barkley, Fire Chief Richard Bowers, Department of General Services Director David Dise and other officials will participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony tomorrow to celebrate the completion of the Germantown/Milestone Fire and Rescue Station #34. The station is the third for the growing Germantown area, which is now home to about 86,000 residents. The second – the Germantown/Kingsview Fire Rescue Station #22 -- was opened in March 2009 and the original Germantown Fire Rescue Station on Crystal Rock Drive has served the community since 1989. The new one-story Fire Station provides direct emergency response services to a 12.7 square-mile area that includes Milestone, Neelsville, Fox Chapel and Middlebrook, as well as the Ridge Road Recreation Park.
“This is an important day for our Fire and Rescue Service and for the residents of Germantown,” said Leggett. “It is especially fitting to open this much-needed, long-awaited facility on the anniversary of September 11, 2001as we remember and celebrate the heroism and bravery of our emergency responders on that day. Public safety is among my highest priorities, and the new Germantown/Milestone Fire and Rescue Station is crucial to saving lives and property. The station will strengthen critical emergency services to the growing Germantown community and help improve response times in the East Germantown area of the county. And our Ambulance Reimbursement program will ensure that we have $14 million this year – and $170 million over ten years -- to make our County safer, without costing County residents a dime.”
“Even in these tough budget times, Montgomery County is committed to providing necessary public safety services,” said Council President Nancy Floreen, who chairs the Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Commission. “This is a core government function and we will never forget it. We also remember those fire and rescue personnel who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001 and will always remember their service and bravery.”
“While it remains one of the fastest growing regions in the state, Germantown has, for too long, not had fire and rescue facilities that adequately meet its needs,” said District 2 Councilmember Mike Knapp. “With the opening of the East Germantown Fire Station, I am pleased to say that is no longer the case. Working with the West Germantown Fire Station which opened last year, the region will now have the high-quality, rapid response fire and rescue services our residents demand and deserve. My congratulations to Chief Bowers and his crew as they settle into this beautiful, state of the art facility.”
The 22,200 square-foot station includes four drive-through apparatus bays, administrative offices and living space. The station is designed to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver standards, a rating system for “green” buildings. Environmentally friendly features include systems to reduce energy use, use of regional materials, and recycling and reuse of construction waste. Natural lighting is used in the apparatus bays, exercise room and other parts of the building.
“Our highest priority is always the safety of our residents,” said Bowers. “The opening of this state-of-the-art fire and rescue station is testament to this and will serve to increase efficiency while improving response times, which are vital to protecting our residents and ensuring a safer community. Station 34 incorporates many innovative features and has been designed to provide the best possible environment for our front-line firefighters.”
Support spaces include a decontamination area, a shop and storage areas for the Urban Search and Rescue Team, plus emergency medical and personal protective equipment. The station also has sleeping accommodations for 20 staff and a training room with capacity for 50 people.
“It has been a distinct honor to work closely with our Fire and Rescue Service colleagues in the programming, design and construction of this modern fire station,” said Department of General Services Director David Dise. “We believe this station will further enable these dedicated public safety professionals to provide continuing superior service to County residents. I can’t imagine a more fitting day to officially open this facility and honor these brave men and women.”
The station was designed by LeMay Erickson Wilcox Architects and was built by Callas Contractors, Inc. The total project cost including design, land, construction, and fire apparatus was $16.2 million.