City to Dedicate New Blackwater Fire & EMS Station #13, Wednesday, September 16

Friday, September 11, 2015

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA  – September 11, 2015 – The public is invited to join in the celebration as Virginia Beach officials formally dedicate their newest fire and emergency medical service station, Blackwater Fire and EMS Station #13, at a ceremony to be held Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. The new station is located at 6009 Blackwater Road.

Construction of the new station started in April 2014 and was completed in June of this year.

The architect for the project was RRMM Architects, PC. The new station is approximately 11,400 square feet with 5 apparatus bays and living quarters for first responders. The facility includes offices, a training/day room, a kitchen and sleeping quarters for both Fire and EMS personnel. Design enhancements to the new facility includes a state-of-the-art USDD station alerting system, a geothermal heating/cooling system, an emergency generator, a lobby with radio/watch room, an information technology room,  equipment storage areas, a dayroom/training room, a kitchen with dining facilities, showers/restroom facilities, eight bunkrooms and a fully sprinkled facility with a 15,000 gallon water supply tank. The $5.1 million station was designed and built to withstand a Category II Hurricane. (Cost includes funding to relocate a ball field). It will be manned by three fire Captains (1 per shift); nine Firefighters (3 per shift); and Rescue personnel from Blackwater Volunteer Rescue Squad and Virginia Beach EMS.

Equipment to be housed at the new facility includes:

  • Engine 13 — 2010 Pierce Quantum w/1,500 gpm pump, 1,000 gallon water tank

  • Tanker 13 —  2011 Pierce Quantum PUC w/1,500 gpm pump, 2,600 gallon water tank

  • Brush 13 —  2006 Ford F350 4WD 200 gallon water tank

  • Rescue 1320 — 2001 Ford E-450, Type III Ambulance         

This new facility’s location is the most southern station in the city where there are no fire hydrants, so they rely on tankers and drafting sources for water. Station 13s first due service area covers 39.97 square miles and borders North Carolina and the City of Chesapeake. The City has a Memorandum of Understanding with Currituck, NC for response into Gibbs Woods. 

Special remarks will be made by Mayor Williams D. Sessoms, Jr., Councilwoman Barbara M. Henley, Princess Anne District; Fire Chief Steven R. Cover and Deputy Chief William Kiley, Emergency Medical Services. 

Tours of the new facility will be provided following the dedication ceremony.