WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Fire Department celebrated the grand opening of its brand new Williamsburg Fire Station with a ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 8.
Demolition of the former fire station began in February 2022 and construction on the new station at the same location began in April of the same year. Williamsburg firefighters began fully operating out of the new 31,000-square-foot station on Monday, Oct. 30.
The new fire station features:
- State-of-the-art station alerting system
- Individual Bunkrooms
- An emphasis on firefighter health and safety
- Cancer preventative measures
- A museum
- Emergency Operations Center
David A. Nice Builders and architectural firms Guernsey-Tingle Architects and Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects were the design-build team for the project, the city said.
The ceremony featured remarks from Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Department President Rodney Freeman, Williamsburg Fire Chief Larry W. Snyder Jr., and Mayor Douglas G. Pons.
“While there are so many features of this station that we are incredibly proud of, one of them was our ability to use it as a canvas to share and tell this department’s story,” Snyder said. “I hope this fire station will forever be home to the present and future generations of public safety personnel, who will take the oath to serve this community with honor and purpose.”
“May this station protect them as they courageously and humbly serve,” he continued. “May it also serve as a permanent reminder and testament to the legacy of those who came before us while creating new opportunities as we forge our own memories and add to the enduring legacy of the Williamsburg Fire Department.”
Following the ceremony, Williamsburg firefighters and staff led tours of the station.
“A local government’s budget is a statement of priorities,” Pons said. “A multimillion-dollar project like this fire station is now a correct reflection of the value we place on public safety.”
“It communicates to our residents, visitors and, perhaps most importantly, our employees that the services we provide and those who serve here are prized,” Pons added. “In return, we get the stellar emergency response that the Williamsburg Fire Department is known for. This building now exemplifies that excellence.”