Fire station to be torn down Friday

By Matt Butner - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Henrico County will say good-bye to a landmark Friday. The fire station at Patterson and Forest will be demolished to make way for a new facility.

While their old home is soon to be demolished, and their new home built, the crew at Fire Station 8 is getting used to life at their temporary digs.

"Four guys every day living here- it makes it a little tight," said Lt. Keith Cousins. "You gotta really get along with the guys you work with."

They've moved into a house on Emily Lane, just steps away. The county bought the house several years ago, and it's now part of the same lot as the current and future station. The firefighters don't mind being here, but they're looking forward to life at the new Fire Station 8.

"The new facility will be expanded, modernized bunk area, kitchen area, workout facility," said Captain Chris Buehren.

Buehren, like many in this neighborhood, has ties to the old brick station. Years ago, his own father was assigned here.

"Yeah, I have some fond memories of this fire station," he said with a smile.

The old station won't disappear completely- the department plans on saving hundreds of the building's bricks to commemorate this neighborhood cornerstone.

"There's a set amount of bricks that will be set aside for the division members who wish to hold on to a piece of history," said Buehren. "The other set of bricks will be used to form the number 8 in the front of the new station."

Buehren says not much will change for the people in the surrounding area. Service is not expected to slow. The only difference- the familiar brick structure will be no more.

"Whenever we go out to buy our meals, somebody says 'Oh, we're going to miss that station'- they want to know if it's going to be relocated," said Lt. Cousins.

They don't need to worry- the new station will be in the exact same spot, at the intersection of Patterson and Forest- just as it has for more than 60 years.

"We're going to be here forever," said Cousins.

Demolition of the old building is set for Friday morning.

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