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Latest News: New Elkridge Fire Station Opens

Elkridge, MD- The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) and the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) held a dedication ceremony for the new Elkridge Fire Station, Fire Station 1, on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Members of the public attended the ceremony immediately followed by an open house consisting of: station tours, activities for kids, and opportunities to engage with firefighters and paramedics. 

“Howard County has one of the premier combination systems in the country, and this station will be staffed by both career and volunteer personnel,” said Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman. “We look forward to continuing our work with the Elkridge community to improve services and quality of life.”

Construction of the new fire station, located at 5700 Rowanberry Drive, began in October 2016. The new 35,080 square foot building is a full-service fire station, providing fire suppression and emergency medical services. The facility is a two-story structure with six pull-through double length apparatus bays, a physical fitness training room, kitchen and dining room, general use rooms, administrative offices, a large training room, and an all-purpose community room. The station’s state-of-the-art design incorporates extensive energy efficient and environmentally friendly strategies making it a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certified facility.

“A lot productive teamwork went into this project and I would like to thank the County Administration, the Department of Public Works, and the Elkridge Volunteer Building Committee    for your collaboration in its completion,” said Fire Chief John S. Butler. “This new station is something our department will be proud of and will have a positive impact on the community.”

 “We are thrilled to see the new station up and running,” said Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department President Julie Casey. “For over 75 years the original station served the community but, currently, is unable to meet the growing demands of the local communities.”  

 The new station will replace the previous station located on Old Washington Road, which ran its first call on November 6, 1942. Staffing will consist of a combination of 21 career personnel across three shifts and 90 active volunteer members who provide nightly and weekend coverage as duty crews. The EVFD also has 30 associate volunteer members and 37 junior members. The station, including site work, cost an estimated $13.7M to construct. For additional information, please call the media line: 410-313-6039.

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