County leaders held a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site of the future new Lucketts Fire and Rescue Station #10 Wednesday, Sept. 25.
The new $10.5 million, 18,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will replace the current Lucketts Volunteer Fire and Rescue Station next door, which Loudoun County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) said has stood since 1969. Its crews are the first due at emergencies in a 40-square-mile area around Lucketts that is among the largest in the county. They are responsible for an area reaching from the Point of Rocks Bridge to Whites Ferry Road, and from the banks of the Potomac River to Catoctin Creek.
The building will be the home of a fire engine, ambulance, tanker, a brush unit, and the department’s Swift Water Rescue Team.
“We are blessed to have a board and a county that provides the funding for us to do what we do, and have ultramodern facilities, state-of-the art facilities,” said Combined Fire-Rescue System Chief Keith Johnson.
“I think you guys are heroes and should be paid like rock stars, but I also always encourage you all to take care of yourself and take care of each other,” Randall said. “This is a very tough, very demanding job and sometimes even heroes need assistance. So if you need it, please ask for it.”
“The first responders, whether they are the volunteers or they are the full-time fire and rescue folks, they are the people who sit quietly and don’t get much notice and yet they stand in the gap for us, and we only notice them when we need them, and the rest of the time we take that all for granted,” said Supervisor Geary M. Higgins (R-Catoctin).
Construction is expected to wrap up in fall 2020.