Public Safety Bond Includes New Animal Shelter, Improved Heliport

Picture of dog and police heliport.

We have one animal shelter in Fairfax County, which serves about 5,500 cats, dogs and other pets per year, as well as 2,000 wild animals.

This shelter supports the entire county, and when animal control officers respond to calls in South County, they must transport animals long distances to the shelter on West Ox Road.

We plan to build a second shelter in the South County area if a majority of voters approve the $151 million public safety bond on Election Day, Nov. 3. If approved, the county may sell general obligation bonds. The money is planned to improve five fire stations and five police facilities, including a second shelter.

By law, the money from bond sales authorized for a specific purpose may not be used for any purpose other than that specified in the ballot question. In other words, the public safety bonds may not be used to pay for other projects, like storm drainage.

Five Police Facilities

Including the shelter, five police facilities are planned to be improved or built:

  • South County Police Station: A new station would be built in this area, and the new animal shelter would be co-located at this station.
  • Franconia District Station: It would receive extensive renovations.
  • Police Heliport: The heliport would be improved. The hangers aren’t large enough to house our two helicopters.
  • Operations Support Bureau: This building  houses traffic and special operations units like the bomb squad and SWAT team, and would be renovated and expanded.
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations and K9 Training Center: The two double-wide trailers at this site would be replaced with a new building.

Five Fire Stations

Five fire stations are planned to be renovated, expanded or rebuilt to meet current and future needs:

  • Penn Daw
  • Woodlawn
  • Reston
  • Edsall Road
  • Merrifield

The modernized stations will have the flexibility and capacity to:

  • Add more firefighters and equipment
  • Include larger bays to accommodate modern emergency apparatus
  • Incorporate bunkrooms and locker facilities for both female and male firefighters

Full bond details are available in this brochure that all households will receive:


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