Fire Station 13 is located in rural southwestern Chesapeake near the North Carolina line. Engine 13 is a Paramedic Engine Company with a four person crew equipped with EMS supplies to assist patients until arrival of Medic units.
The first run area consists of Gertie School, Chesapeake Municipal Airport, Large Farms, Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, 3800 acre Virginia Game Cavalier Wildlife Management Area, U.S. Navy Northwest Radio Station, Triple-R Ranch along with residential homes and Highway 17 to North Carolina.
Engine 13 has a 1750 gallon water tank responding to alarms that included structure fires, grass/brush fires and vehicle accidents. Brush Truck 13 responded to grass/brush fires.
Station 13 opened for service in the fall of 1974, and was manned with a paid crew of 1 Officer and 1 Firefighter 2 Engines and a Brush Truck.
The Station was the center of the Community and was used for picnics, bar-b-cues, social events. Prior to the construction of Station 13 the southern area of the City was covered by stations from Deep Creek, Great Bridge and Hickory with long response times. Since the
construction of Station 13 run times have been drastically reduced.
In 1987, a third Firefighter was assigned to Station 13. This continued until 1997 when staffing was increased to 1 Officer and 3 firefighters. In 1991, a Pierce 4 man enclosed cab Engine with a 1000 gallon tank was purchased and assigned to Station 13.
Equipment housed at Station 13: