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Patterson Mill Fire Station To Open in 2012

The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company Patterson Mill Station is expected to open by next fall.

The Patterson Mill Station being built just south of town limits will be functional by “this time next year,” according to an official.

The new site is located at the corner of Maryland Route 924 and Patterson Mill Road, and is expected to help service an area experiencing high population growth.

“In our business, time is of the essence. So we need to be there as quickly as we can,” said Tony Coliano Sr., president of the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company.

Coliano said Harford County government is fully funding the station as part of an agreement with the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company. The agreement said if a station needs to be built due to population growth it will be funded by the county.

The Patterson Mill Station will become the third house that is part of the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company. The main station is located on Hickory Avenue in Bel Air and the second is in Forest Hill on East Jarrettsville Road.

Coliano says the station was already being planned when was built and that the addition of the school “certainly affirmed the decision” to build the station. The Patterson Mill Station will have the same color brick and will mirror the look of neighboring Patterson Mill Middle-High School. 

The station will be a three-bay, drive-through location. When it first opens it will have a fire engine, an ambulance, a support unit and a collapse rescue trailer, Coliano said.

The fire company president added that the new station will service “all of the Bel Air South area and will certainly come into town … and through Wheel Road.” He said it will also service parts of Abingdon, specifically the Box Hill North area, as part of a mutual agreement with the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company.

Coliano also encourages anyone interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter or EMS personnel to get membership information from the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company website, to call 410-836-JOIN, or stop in at a station.

“I encourage people to make a difference in someone else’s life and join the fire company,” he said.

Concerned citizen October 19, 2011 at 04:10 PM
The county needs to stop funding volunteer stations and focus on a career system that the community can depend on!
Phil Dirt October 19, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Sounds like somebody works at a fire station and would like a job closer to home.
Mark Thomas Ward October 19, 2011 at 06:20 PM
Keep it Volunteer
Otto Schmidlap October 20, 2011 at 02:13 PM
Hey "Concerned Citizen", butt out, go back where you came from, and take a bunch with you.
Doh October 20, 2011 at 05:48 PM
Hmmm... I wonder if this is going to be as well staffed as their Forest Hill station. Ever notice they don't have an ambulance there, but if you live in the northern end of Bel Air's area, you wait for one to come from in town?

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