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The Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue recently held an official ribbon cutting ceremony to open Coles District Fire and Rescue Station 6.
Chair of the Board of County Supervisors’s Remarks
Chair of the Board of County Supervisors Ann Wheeler attended the ribbon cutting, She said a new station was due since the original Coles District Volunteer Fire Department was formed in 1949. The population of the county was only about 22,000 people then. When the station was last upgraded in 1979, the county had grown to 145,000. The county now has a population of approximately 465,000.
Wheeler said, “The Board of County Supervisors fully supports our fire and rescue, and all of our public safety officials in our system. We want to make sure that you have the equipment, the facilities, the people needed to serve our community that keeps on growing.”
Wheeler also said, “We have a fire and rescue system that works 24/7, 365 days a year to protect us, and I’m truly thankful for that. We have men and women who rush toward danger when most of us are the ones who are running away.”
Coles District Supervisor’s Remarks
Coles District Supervisor Yesli Vega also spoke at the ceremony to open the 21,500-square-foot fire and rescue station. She said fire and rescue personnel deserve the best the county can offer. “The 21 men and women who will work out of this building and fight the raging forces of Mother Nature are the best we have in this county… [T]hey deserve a first-class facility like this beautiful building we see here today.”
As the wife of a veteran, Vega said she appreciates it when people thank her husband for his service. She said firefighter and emergency medical technicians deserve the same. “The calls the men and women respond to represent no less of a sacrifice… [W]e owe them an incredible debt of gratitude. You all deserve this building and much more. May God bless you and keep you safe.”
Fire and Rescue System Chief’s Remarks
Fire and Rescue System Chief Tim Keen said it was an honor to be at the ceremony to open the new station. The station carries on “the tradition of being a cornerstone of the Coles District community.”
Keen said that a group of county citizens formed the Coles District Volunteer Fire Department 71 years ago. It served the district and the county at large, and included an engine company and an ambulance. Today, Keen said, the new station houses an engine company, a tanker, a heavy rescue unit, a brush truck, a hazmat unit and a safety officer and the staff to keep the equipment in operation.
“The men and women assigned here now have the appropriate living quarters while working a 24-hour shift at a station they can be proud of,” said Keen.
Keen went on to say that over the coming months, all the county’s hazmat resources would move to the new station. Its central location will better serve all parts of the county.
“I’d like to thank the Board of County Supervisors and Mr. Martino for their continued support of fire and rescue… I look forward to working with you as we strategically locate our future stations to provide the best service to the citizens of Prince William County,” he said.