The new Pipers Gap Rescue Squad station on Glendale Road is almost ready to answer the call to serve its community.
With construction beginning earlier this year on the rescue squad’s second station, Pipers Gap Rescue Squad Captain Mack Tolbert is hopeful the new station at 4190 Glendale Road in Galax will be operational by mid-November. The second station will complement the squad’s main station on Elkhorn Road and will feature six bays, crew quarters, a large classroom, offices and storage space. The new station will be 6,000 square feet in size and will include 2,400 feet of office space.
“We are very pleased to be in this new building. It’s a modern building with all the latest technology,” Tolbert said. “It will meet our needs for probably the next 20 years or so.”
Tolbert said the new station will replace the old one on U.S. 58 that is coming up on 20 years old. He said that property will go back to Mt. Olivet Church. The main station on Elkhorn Road is about 30 years old. As the busiest Carroll volunteer agency, the new station will help Pipers Gap as it continues to cover the areas including Cliffview, Hebron, Woodlawn, the entire Chances Creek area, and parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Chalet Heights’ subdivision.
Pipers Gap Rescue Squad has already answered 720 calls this year and the squad has 39 active members. Tolbert said the new station is currently about 80 percent complete. Many people have been instrumental in making the new station a possibility.
“The county helped us initiate the process and (county administrator) Gary Larrowe helped us steer the project forward. It’s financed through the Bank of Floyd and the rest will be paid for by donations and by the squad,” Tolbert said. “We usually do one letter drive per year that drives in cash and the rest comes from billing for services. Cox Realty helped us locate the site and Forrest and Martin Crowder donated the land and some of the project materials to us. Gus Hill donated part of hauling of the gravel for us. We continue to appreciate the community support. Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are.”
Tolbert said the total project will likely cost about $550,000. A small ceremony will be held to open the building, followed by a grand opening in the spring of 2016 for the public.
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