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The Planning Section is responsible for coordinating the Fire and Rescue Department’s long-range planning issues. These issues include compiling and maintaining the department's strategic plan, evaluating policies and planning efforts, and developing study methodologies. This section coordinates revisions to, and the implementation of, the department's Capital Improvement Program (CIP), which includes planning, design, and construction of new facilities.
The Comprehensive Plan states "Fire and rescue stations in the county are located to provide maximum coverage based on a total response time of seven-minutes." This response goal is critical to providing effective fire suppression as well as emergency medical services. The CIP is the conduit for accomplishing this goal.
Funding for major capital construction projects is obtained through the approval of Public Safety Bond Referendum. Bond funding for key projects was approved in November 1998 and November 2002. The current initiative is the Wolf Trap Fire and Rescue Station.
The schedule for new stations is revised during the annual budget process and published as part of the Capital Improvement Program (see the Advertised Capital Improvement Program Fiscal Years 2007 - 2011 (With Future Fiscal Years to 2016) - Fairfax County, Virginia). Once funding is approved, design and construction of a new facility requires approximately 30-36 months.
Wolf Trap Station (Dranesville District)
Property is owned by Fairfax County at the intersection of Beulah Road and Leesburg Pike. Design and construction funding was approved in Fiscal Year 2006 and it is currently in the final design phases. The station is being designed as a four bay, 14,000 square foot facility. It will serve the growing service demands in the Route 7 and Tysons west areas. This station is scheduled to open in late 2007.
The Academy is located at 4600 West Ox Road and serves as the main facility for all fire, rescue, and emergency training for both recruit and incumbent firefighters. In FY 2004, a comprehensive needs analysis of training requirements was conducted. The purpose was to determine long-term needs for the expansion and renovation of the training campus. Two priorities were identified. The first priority is to design and construct a new burn training prop that simulates actual fire operations under a variety of circumstances. The other priority is the expansion of the classroom and locker facilities to accommodate the increased numbers of students who are required to meet the future demands of the organization. Funding for these projects is supported by the 2006 Public Safety Bond Referendum.
Existing Fire Stations
In FY 2005, the county conducted facility assessments of all fire stations in the county, including those owned by the county and those owned by the individual volunteer fire departments. The purpose of these assessments was to evaluate the condition and functionality of these facilities to meet current and future needs for additional staffing, women’s facilities and code required updates. The results of the assessment process will assist in identifying requirements and costs associated with station improvements, as well as in the planning and scheduling of needed facility improvements and future bonds.
Numerous stations throughout the county require renovations and/or additions to meet the operational requirements of the department. Two county stations, Jefferson Fire Station and the Herndon Fire Station, will require replacement with new structures.
Great Falls Volunteer Fire Station
The Volunteer fire station located at 9916 Georgetown Road in Great Falls, Virginia, was built in the early 1960's. A replacement station is needed to meet current operational requirements and the increased service demands of the area. Through an agreement with the Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department (GFVFD), Fairfax County will share the cost to build a new station that will be approximately 17,500 square feet. Two thousand square feet of the station cost will be funded by GFVFD. The County's portion of the project is funded by the 2006 Public Safety Bond Referendum. Design of the station has begun and construction is expected to start in late 2007.
Tysons II Station
Continued development and growth in the Tysons Corner area may require the placement of an additional fire station to serve the area's capacity needs. This area will be monitored for inclusion in future station location studies. No time frame is identified for this project.
South Clifton Station
The Comprehensive Plan identifies the need for a station in the area of Wolf Run Shoals, Henderson and Hampton Roads. No time frame is identified for this project.
Hunter Valley Station
The Comprehensive Plan identifies the need for a station in the area of Hunter Mill and Lawyers Roads. No time frame is identified for this project.
Follow this link to the Fire and Rescue Department's Strategic Plan FY 2008-2010 (PowerPoint, 596K, large file). Each year, the department adopts an annual operational plan to address the specific goals for the fiscal year. The status report for the FY 2007 Strategic Operational Plan is here (PowerPoint, 623K, large file).