CAPITOL HEIGHTS – On Dec. 1, officials from the Prince George's County Fire Department, along with Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, III and other county officials, took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new state-of-the-art fire station.
The new Shady Glen Community Fire/EMS Emergency Medical Service Station No. 808 will be located at Shady Glen Road and Central Avenue in Capitol Heights and replace the current volunteer fire station that was built in 1956.
“The station will allow us to provide better response times in this part of the county,” said Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor. “It will also help with the call volume that we have in this area.”
The new station will be located about a mile-and-a-half from the current Seat Pleasant Fire Station on Addison Road and about two miles from the Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department.
“I would like to thank the residents of Prince George's County for their support in providing tax funds for this new fire station that has been in the planning stages for several years,” Baker said. “This new fire station will provide the community faster response times to the residents.”
Station 808 will have a four-bay design, similar to others recently constructed in the county, such as Brandywine, St. Joes, Northview and District Heights.
The station will be staffed with six firefighters working 24-hour shifts with three days off. It will be staffed with a fire engine and an ambulance as well.
“I think it's great,” said Sunshine Walker, who lives in the community. “The great thing about it is it will be in the community and they will be able to get to people quicker. People who might have life-threatening situations.”
Officials said the new Shady Glen Community Fire/EMS Emergency Medical Service Station should be completed by the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018.