Aug 31

Loudoun County to Present Feasibility Study on Philomont Fire Station Sept. 9

Posted on August 31, 2021 at 5:09 PM by Nancy McCormick

Loudoun County has completed a study regarding the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue facility in the Village of Philomont that will be presented to the public on September 9, 2021. The purpose of the study is to determine whether the county’s needs can be met on the current site of the Philomont Fire Station, which was constructed in 1956 and expanded in 1975 and again in 1994.  

Study Scope and Public Meeting

The study reviewed three possibilities for the future of the facility at its current location: (1) Renovation/addition to the existing fire station on the existing site; (2) Demolition of the existing station and replacement with a new station on the existing site; and (3) Consolidation with an adjoining county-owned parcel and demolition and replacement of the existing station with a new station on the consolidated site.

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue and the Loudoun County Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure will present the study during a public meeting on Thursday, September 9, 2021, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., at Woodgrove High School in Purcellville (36811 Allder School Road).

Meeting materials, including a speaker sign-up and comment form, are available at loudoun.gov/philomontstation. Additional meeting material will be posted for the September 9 meeting. Members of the public who would like to provide public input and ask questions during the meeting must sign up in advance by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. 

About the Feasibility Study

At the September 9 public meeting, county staff will discuss the current needs for fire & rescue facilities in the village, provide an overview of the study and site constraints, and discuss the options contained in the study. The feasibility study on the Philomont Fire Station:

  • Outlines the current needs for fire and rescue facilities, including staffing, spacing and layout of station, and existing facility deficiencies.
  • Evaluates utilizing the current site of the existing fire and rescue station for a new or updated 18,500-square-foot fire and rescue facility.
  • Reviews the site constraints, including maintaining community services, such as community center parking and recycling center, parcel size (2.28 acres versus 5 acres preferred), and the need for a temporary facility during construction.

Alternative Option

The county has considered constructing a new fire station on a seven-acre parcel previously used as horse show grounds, which is owned by the Philomont Volunteer Fire Company. The county subsequently conducted the feasibility study to identify other options for meeting the county’s public safety needs at the site of the existing fire station. The Board of Supervisors is currently scheduled to consider all the research and planning information compiled on the possible ways to address Loudoun County Fire and Rescue’s current needs at the October 5, 2021, Board of Supervisors business meeting.

Next Steps

The Board of Supervisors will determine the future location of fire and rescue facilities in Philomont. The Board is scheduled to receive the study and discuss the options during their October 5 meeting. The Board’s meeting schedule is posted at loudoun.gov/calendar and meeting documents, such as agendas and staff reports, are posted at loudoun.gov/bosdocuments

The following are some of the steps that must be accomplished in the development of the new fire and rescue facility in Philomont:

  • The feasibility study for the Philomont Fire and Rescue Station will be presented to the Board of Supervisors.
  • Members of the public will provide input to the Board of Supervisors.
  • The Board of Supervisors will vote to provide direction on the location of the fire station.
  • The county will contract with an architectural engineering firm to begin design of the station; during design development, applications will be made for relevant permits and approvals.
  • A public meeting will be held to seek public comment on the preliminary architectural concept options.

The Board of Supervisors may make a decision about the location of the future fire and rescue facility in Philomont as early as October 5. Once the Board votes on the preferred option, the design process is expected to last approximately two years.

Public Input

Members of the public may provide input on the future fire and rescue facilities in Philomont in a number of ways.

More Information

For more information about the Philomont Fire and Rescue Station project, including a link to sign up for email and text updates on the project, visit loudoun.gov/philomontstation.

Aug 31

Loudoun to Hold Public Information Meeting on Philomont Fire and Rescue Station September 9

Posted on August 31, 2021 at 4:40 PM by Heidi Kellum

Loudoun County is hosting a public information meeting to gain input from the community on the Philomont Fire and Rescue Station Thursday, September 9, 2021, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., at Woodgrove High School, 36811 Allder School Road, Purcellville. Members of the public are invited to join this in-person meeting to learn, ask questions and provide input about the project. 

Meeting materials, including a speaker sign-up and comment form, are available at loudoun.gov/philomontstation. Members of the public must sign up in advance to ask questions during the event by 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 8, 2021. 

County staff will discuss the feasibility study that evaluated utilizing the current site of the existing fire and rescue station for a new or updated 18,500-square-foot fire and rescue facility. The feasibility study evaluated numerous aspects of the facility to include apparatus bays, bunkroom facilities, a training/break room, restrooms, showers, food preparation and dining areas, laundry and decontamination areas, supply storage and a gear and hose drying area. It also included a breathing apparatus air compressor room, a fitness room, offices and a repair shop. 

For more information about the Philomont Fire and Rescue Station project, including a link to sign up for updates about the project and upcoming public meeting, visit loudoun.gov/philomontstation.


Mar 17

Feasibility Study for Philomont Fire Station Project Began in February

Posted on March 17, 2021 at 10:30 AM by Heidi Kellum

In February, the County began a feasibility study of the existing Philomont fire station site to learn if the current site and/or existing facility can meet the needs of the future station. This study is expected to take approximately three months to complete. At that time, the report will be reviewed and the findings evaluated.

The facility is anticipated to include apparatus bays, bunkroom facilities, a training/break room, restrooms, showers, food preparation and dining areas, laundry and decontamination areas, supply storage and a gear and hose drying area. It will also include a breathing apparatus air compressor room, a fitness room, offices and a repair shop. 

The project is estimated for completion in 2026.

For more information about the Philomont Fire and Rescue Station Replacement project, visit the project page.