Public Safety Bond Referendum on November 3rd Election Ballot

Five fire stations are planned to be rebuilt, expanded or improved if the $151 million public safety bond on the Nov. 3 ballot is approved.

The modernized stations will have the flexibility and capacity to:

  • Add more firefighters and equipment to meet increased service demands
  • Include larger bays to accommodate modern emergency apparatus
  • Incorporate bunkrooms and locker facilities for both female and male firefighters

“A lot of the fire stations in Fairfax County were built back in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, so we have aging infrastructure,” said Fire Chief Richard Bowers Jr. “With the modern fire and rescue equipment that we’ve purchased, some of it doesn’t fit very conveniently in a lot of our stations.”

The five stations planned for improvements are:

  • Penn Daw
  • Woodlawn
  • Reston
  • Edsall Road
  • Merrifield

If approved, the public safety bond is also intended to improve five police facilities.

By law, the money from bond sales authorized for a specific purpose may not be used for any purpose other than that specified in the ballot question. In other words, the public safety bonds may not be used to pay for other projects, like storm drainage.