FORT A.P. HILL, Va. - U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill opened a new fire station July 21. The new station is the third on post and gives the garrison's fire department greater ability to fight fires in the southern part of the installation where all of the firing ranges and firing points are.
Garrison commander Lt. Col. David A. Meyer and fire chief Daniel C. Glembot cut the ribbon to officially open the station.
The new fire station, called Station 9, was formerly used as a training facility. Fort A.P. Hill firefighters worked for about six months to refurbish it. They built the kitchen, the bunk rooms, laid the flooring and added an enclosed car port for the brush truck, according to acting chief Tom Acacia.
Meyer said the new station was the fulfillment of Glembot's vision.
"Danny knew that we needed three fire stations, he knew that to make sure our tenants and customers had the very-best service possible that it took three fire stations to do that, he knew it," Meyer said. "So, you're standing right now in a testament to his dedication and the hard staff work that went into it."
Glembot said that far from an individual effort the new fire station was the result of the hard work and support from the garrison command group, the staff and the firefighters.
"Although I may have been the person doing the briefings I wasn't the only person involved in the process," Glembot said. "Although I always get the accolades and appreciate them they really go to the department, so please give the firemen a hand because they're the ones who do the hard work."
Following the ribbon cutting Meyer presented Glembot with the Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service for his contributions to the garrison.
Former garrison commander Lt. Col. Peter E. Dargle approved the award but was unable to present it to Glembot before he relinquished command on June 27. Glembot has been deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan for the last six months and returned this week for mid-tour leave.
The fire department also welcomed a new fire truck and, in keeping with tradition, the firefighters pushed it into its bay with Glembot at the wheel.
The new fire truck is a rebuilt vehicle that began its life at the Fort Benning, Ga. Fire Department and was eventually turned in to be rebuilt, Acacia said. A company called E-One in Ocala, Fla. rebuilt the truck and it was delivered to Fort A.P. Hill at the beginning of July. It cost $387,000 to rebuild the old fire truck.
Station 9 has four firefighters on duty 24/7, a brush truck and the new fire truck.