Hanover County leaders broke ground today on a new state-of-the-art fire station that will improve the safety of both the community and the firefighters who serve it.
“Station 17 will be a testament to our unwavering pledge to safeguard our neighbors, businesses and visitors,” said Hanover County Fire-EMS Interim Chief Christopher J. Anderson. “We will expand our reach, reduce response times and improve emergency services for Hanover County.”
The facility, which will support an engine and the East Battalion Chief for Hanover Fire-EMS, will improve response times in the Laurel Meadow area. The building is equipped to grow as service demands increase.
“Fire Station 17 will take a substantial amount of pressure off of the Mechanicsville and Henry fire stations,” said Henry District Supervisor Sean Davis. “It is a tremendous opportunity to provide an even higher level of service to the residents of this area.”
Station 17 was designed with the top priority of protecting firefighters, staff and visitors. To meet the Department’s cancer prevention standards, the building will feature multiple safeguards to help keep contaminants from entering living spaces. There will also be a washer and dryer designated for firefighter turnout gear.
The facility will include a conference room for incident command during large-scale events and training. It will also be available for public use.
Hanover Fire-EMS received funding for 12 firefighter positions to staff the new station from a FEMA SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant. The crew is currently located at the Mechanicsville Fire Station along with equipment for the new fire facility.
The station will be built adjacent to Laurel Meadow Elementary School on 3.5 acres of land donated by Hanover County Public Schools. The Board of Supervisors accepted the transfer of property last year following community meetings and public outreach, which resulted in broad support for the proposal.
Construction on Station 17 is anticipated to be finished in December 2024.