Alternate Firehouse Sites Explored in Aldie

The Board of Supervisors has agreed—once again—to consider alternative sites for the new Aldie Fire Station.

An April 19 deadline was set for the staff to report back on options.

Efforts to build a replacement station have been ongoing for more than a decade, with the county once acquiring a lot along Rt. 50 east of the village but abandoning that location after neighbors successfully sued to block the use. In recent years, focus has been on building near the existing firehouse in the village core. Designs for the 15,000-square-foot, $14 million building spurred a new round of public outcry from area residents along with history and preservation advocates who fear the project would forever change the nature of the village.

Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) pushed for the new site study during closed-session board meetings last month.

2 thoughts on “Alternate Firehouse Sites Explored in Aldie

  • 2018-03-29 at 2:38 pm
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    If they have been that obstructionist for that long just close the firehouse and let them burn. After the first fire with no response finding a new location will become much easier.

  • 2018-03-30 at 5:39 pm
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    My home insurance rates are higher because I don’t live within the 6-8 minute window of fire service response, as my insurance folks love to tell me. My first due companies, 6 and 1, are superbly equipped and trained. Still, I’m just outside of those golden circles.

    I will never ever understand the issue with a nearby fire house. Is the momentary noise of an engine or EMT rolling to assist a neighbor in a world of hurt just too much to handle? Ruining your Netflix viewing? Disturbing your exclusive Loudoun County lifestyle? “Oh those pesky fire engines, how we do suffer so.”

    To repeat myself, when your house is on fire, you’re screaming for every fire engine in 100 miles to have been there 10 minutes ago. A fire station is an unmatched community asset. Company 7 has been getting the shaft for a generation.

    I get the historical preservation angle. I’m a huge advocate of history and it’s preservation. However, is somebody going to fix up that “tavern? It’s been boarded up for a while. Fixing up places like that are called money pits. Does the brightly colored lawn furniture yard lend credence to the historical aspect of the village? The 7 house has been there ever since I can remember. Isn’t it part of the village as well?

    Reasonable people can come to reasonable compromises, particularly when it comes to a critical community asset like a fire station. Maybe it’s doesn’t have to be the palace we’re used to building. Maybe it can be scaled for a better fit. There are far far worse neighbors to have than a fire station. Maybe they don’t understand how lucky they are: One if the few Heavy Rescue trucks, an EMT, an engine and a tanker. If folks there just can’t abide a brand new fire station, we here in the “Leesburg South” area will take it any day.

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