Construction of the new fire station, replacement for Fire Station No. 8 is expected to be complete in early 2024. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday to Friday, and some Saturday work from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The brickwork on the exterior of the building is complete. In the next few weeks, crews will install the exterior metal panels, water main, the gas line, and work on the stormwater vaults and traffic signal. Inside the building, crews are installing the ceiling grid, lighting, mechanical grilles, sprinkler heads, and flooring.
The County is developing a small-scale historical exhibit which will be displayed in the lobby to convey the personal contributions, stories, and human connections of the members of Fire Station 8 from its origins in 1918 through the present day. If you, your family, or friends have historical artifacts such as photographs, awards, mementos, and more that you would like to donate, we would love to display them. Items can be donated permanently or on a “temporary loan” basis.
As a participant during the process of compiling, illustrating, and honoring the rich and vibrant history of Fire Station #8, Arlington residents played an integral part in shaping the construction of the new building. Residents shared memories, stories, anecdotes, and most of all, the love and respect that flourished between neighbors, and the dedication of the firefighters who worked, overcame, and achieved so much for and on behalf of the Halls Hill community.
In anticipation of the unveiling of the new fire station, planned for early 2024, the Fire Station #8 History & Legacy Working Group, in partnership with Arlington County’s Center for Local History, is asking for help to collect and compile historical artifacts to be featured in the display cases and public lobby exhibition at the new fire station. Perhaps you, your family members, and friends have items that could be used to share the compelling story of Fire Station #8. We would love to display your photographs, awards, artifacts, mementos, and more.
Understanding how invaluable and important these cherished artifacts and items are to you, the Center for Local History commits to maintain all donations with care, due diligence, and utmost concern for their safekeeping. Please tell your friends and neighbors about this effort. We never would have been able to have accomplished the work we’ve achieved thus far without your assistance, and we look forward to continued partnerships as we go forward. To make or discuss a potential donation, please contact Fire Station 8 construction project manager Maire Bourque at firstname.lastname@example.org. To help us plan for the new exhibit, please express interest in donating by Oct. 15, 2023.