Bel Air officially gained a new fire station Saturday.
The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company's Patterson Mill substation, located at the corner of Maryland Route 924 and Patterson Mill Road, was dedicated Saturday by the fire company and Harford County government officials.
The 9,000-square-foot Patterson Mill Station is the third active station 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.
The station is located up the road from Patterson Mill Middle/High School.
"Although we are less than four miles from our main station, it is critical that we are in the community we serve," Bel Air fire company chief Edward Hopkins said, according to an ExploreHarford.com story.
He went on to say the Bel Air South community will also see faster response times, the article states.
Members of the community who have shown staunch opposition to a proposed Walmart location off Maryland Route 924 have cited the new station as a reason the Walmart should go elsewhere, contending Walmart traffic will hinder prompt emergency response times.
If you want to see photos of the dedication like the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company's Facebook page and pay it a visit.
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