The land for the new Fire Station 11 has been purchased and we will begin designing the new station next month. It's too early to set a completion date for the project but we will keep the community updated on our progress.
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This move will leave the northwestern section of the city vulnerable and the target hazards support a ladder truck on Taylor Road.
With the addition of a large, multi-company fire station opening in the heart of Bowers Hill, Ladder 12 will be relocated to better serve the western portions of Chesapeake. The new Fire Station 10 is a prime location for a ladder company due to its immediate access to the 64/664/264 interchange. This location is central to the Western Branch, Jolliff, Dock Landing, Bowers Hill, Deep Creek and Camelot areas. Additionally, we now have an automatic-aid agreement in operation with Suffolk Fire and Rescue in which both departments share resources in areas where our cities border, such Western Branch and Bowers Hill. We are also working toward the same agreement with the Portsmouth Fire Department. These response agreements have proven to be extremely effective in getting emergency responders on the scene based on the closest unit regardless of jurisdictional boundaries.