By Mike Sanders
Congratulations to the Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Management for the opening of the brand new Moorefield Station Fire Station 23 in the Ashburn area of the county. The new fire station became operational on July 7, 2011.
Originally, Fire Station 23 was opened in 2004 and was a combination volunteer/county leased facility operated jointly by the county and Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. It became a county operated station in 2009. Affectionately known as â€œThe Warehouse Ratsâ€, the original station was a temporary facility located in a commercial warehouse area just off of Waxpool Road. With the opening of the new station, the warehouse will now house the countyâ€™s Fire Marshallâ€™s vehicles and other miscellaneous emergency apparatus.
The new station 23 can be seen from the Dulles Greenway toll road and is located at 43495 Old Ryan Road. Station 23 houses an engine company, medic unit, and a basic life support unit. In addition, several specialty units run from the station including a tanker, medical ambulance bus, and a mobile air unit. Finally, the EMS 601 Battalion Chief has an office at the station.
A special thanks to Captain Glenn Swain and the shift on duty July 30th for your hospitality during my visit.
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