By Richard Evon
The Winchester Star
After more than 40 years in the same building, it’s time for a change.
So the Shawnee Volunteer Fire Department on Roosevelt Boulevard wants to raise $2.5 million and move into a new fire station.
“There’s just not sufficient parking for bingo (in the current building),” company vice president Robbie Bailey said Friday.
“We average about 175 people on Tuesdays and about 230 on Sundays, and cars are scattered up and down Roosevelt Boulevard. And our trucks are stacked up one behind the other in the bays.”
The company’s five trucks — two pumpers, two medic units, and one utility — need a bigger truck area, Bailey said.
“We also want to upgrade our facilities, and get separate showers for our female personnel,” he said.
The 30-member company has one career female and four volunteer females on its rolls, Bailey said.
“We’ve been in our old building since about the mid-1950s,” Bailey said.
“The new one-story building would be about 28,000 square feet,” he said.
The company is negotiating for land at the corner of Weems Lane and Valor Drive.
A hearing to take public comment on the fire company’s proposal for financing will be held Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Small Meeting Room, 2333 Roosevelt Boulevard.
Anyone wishing to comment on the proposed financing, the location or nature of the project, or any other aspect of the proposed undertaking may appear at the public hearing.
For further information, contact Jay Bailey, president, 2333 Roosevelt Boulevard, Winchester, VA 22601, or call 540-662-0855.