This evening Alexandria, Virginia officials tell STATter911.com that Station 206 at 4609 Seminary Road has been closed due to structural concerns following the weekend’s heavy snowfall. More snow is on the way tomorrow. Firefighters and equipment have been moved to other Alexandria fire stations.
Station 206 is about three miles to the east of Fairfax County’s Station 410 in Bailey’s Crossroads. The roof over that fire station caved in at 3:00 this morning. All 18 firefighters inside the firehouse escaped unharmed. Underneath that collapsed roof are an engine company, ladder truck and other fire and EMS vehicles. The crews from Station 410 have been sent to other nearby stations, but are running a paramedic engine and ambulance out of the parking lot when possible (no ladder truck).
The closing of the two firehouses leaves a big gap in coverage along the border between the two jurisdictions. On tops of these problems, just three miles to the south of the Bailey’s Crossroads station, a sagging roof was discovered at Station 408 in Annandale. Firefighters in Annandale were operating out of the adjacent bingo hall. Having fire equipment and ambulances outside, particularly with the possibility of another foot or more of snow on Tuesday and Wednesday is also a problem at the two Fairfax County firehouses.
It is unclear at the moment what long term plans are in the works for providing fire and EMS coverage for the busy area served by these three adjacent fire companies.
The roof problems at Station 206 and Station 408 were discovered after officials ordered inspections of flat roofs at firehouses following the collapse at Station 410.
Station 410 was built in 1974 by the Bailey’s Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department. A new roof was put on in 1998. Volunteer officials were on the scene working with Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department officials assessing the damage.