Pantops is a vibrant community in Albemarle County located to the east of the City of Charlottesville. With access to the Rivanna River, mountain views, and urban amenities like doctors’ offices, grocery stores, restaurants and easy access to major employers, it’s no surprise the Pantops area has attracted strong residential growth over the past several years.
County Fire Rescue has identified the Pantops area as a priority for improved services as a result of this growth. The Pantops area has a relatively high volume of calls for service relative to population, largely driven by demographics – with over 600 dwelling units of progressive care, assisted living, and independent living, over a quarter of Pantops residents are over the age of 65. When calls for service originating from the Pantops area are received, crews from East Rivanna Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding departments respond. Due to long travel distance, and despite Pantops’ urban location, current response times to the Pantops area do not meet Fire Rescue’s urban response time goal of an average of 5 minutes.
To begin to address this, in 2013 Fire Rescue received funding from the Board of Supervisors for three EMS positions to staff an ambulance at Martha Jefferson Hospital during daytime hours. The station will provide a permanent home for Rescue service at Pantops, better meet the needs of staff to respond to calls for service, and allow for future expansion of services.
Land for the station was generously donated land by the Worrell Land & Development Company.