UPDATE (11:55 AM – 12/7/2015): There is an updated post on this with comment from AFD Chief Dube.
UPDATE (6:31 AM – 12/06/2015): While this is good news, a source tells me that while it’s true Engine 210 was staffed, Medic 210 has been moved to Station 203 to serve higher call volume there. There are not enough medics to staff both stations. I am told the City is having difficulties with staffing the existing medic units. For the time being, Medic 210’s area will be covered mostly by Medic 208, which is the City’s busiest unit, and by mutual aide from Fairfax. I have asked the fire chief for comment and will update the post when I receive it.
A new fire station, Station 210, opened in the spring in the West End of Alexandria, Virginia near the Van Dorn Street Metro with a crew of paramedics, their truck and a fire engine. But there were no firefighters assigned to the station.
Residents in that area typically have the longest wait times in Alexandria, Virginia for a firefighter response – typically around a 10 minute response on average.
The wait for firefighter response in the West End just got a bit shorter. After releasing the $1.3 million set aside in the fiscal 2016 budget in June so that firefighters could be staffed at Station 210 by December, that goal has been met as Engine 210 is now making runs.
Here she is taking her first run today – December 5, 2015 – courtesy of Chief Dube on Twitter.
Welcome to Alexandria Engine 210!
— Robert Dubé (@AFDChief200) December 5, 2015