Growth area Pantops, with its increased density and worsening traffic, has long needed a fire and rescue station, and one has been on the books maybe dating back to Thomas Jefferson, joked Albemarle Fire Rescue Chief Dan Eggleston at the official opening May 7 of Pantops Public Safety Station No. 16.

Certainly the station has been in the county’s comprehensive plan for more than two decades, but was stymied by the recession that slashed Albemarle’s capital spending for years. “This is a big day,” says Eggleston.