Wolf Trap fire station opens after long delays

Fairfax County Station 42 sat vacant for months due to a lack of funding. Photo: ABC7

(WJLA) - At long last, the brand new and long-delayed fire station near Wolf Trap is open for business.

Fairfax Times reports that Fairfax County Fire Station 42 received its first call on Tuesday morning, nearly 7 years after it was approved and a year and a half after construction was completed.

Planning for the fire station at Leesburg Pike and Beulah Road in the town of Vienna actually began in 1989, but it took nearly two decades to actually gain approval. The $11 million station was completed in March, but at the time, officials recommended pushing off its opening until January of 2015.

Fairfax County Executive Ed Long said in March that the delay should come after fire officials said it could save $4 million in firefighter salaries and costs by letting the station sit empty.

In September, though, Fairfax Times reports that millions of dollars in county surplus funds had been appropriated toward staffing the station full time.