Liberty set to build new fire station on school land, rent to city to use

LU is partnering with Lynchburg

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty University is partnering with the City of Lynchburg for a new fire station.

The proposal was given at Tuesday’s city council work session – the school would build the fire station on land they currently own, and rent to the station or city as long as it remains a fire station.

The proposal said the location would be on land near the intersection of Odd Fellows Road and Liberty Mountain Drive.

Lynchburg Fire Chief Greg Wormser said that part of the city can be hard to get to in an emergency.

“We have response times there that are a little bit longer than we would like,” said Wormser. “Having this fire station there would certainly lower those response times, make our response more effective, and certainly get us to the scene quicker.”

The city, through the Lynchburg Fire Department, would be responsible for staffing, maintenance and other costs.

Annual operating costs are expected between $2-2.4 million yearly, and are expected to be offset by grant funds in the early years.

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