2021 Pierce Enforcer Ascendant
1 Patterson Mill Rd
Bel Air, Maryland 21015
Year Opened: 2012
In the early 2000’s the fire company was studying placing two stations in the outlying districts of its first due territory. Increasing population, commercial development and an increase in traffic were making it more difficult for apparatus responding from the Hickory Avenue fire station. The fire company started looking for property in both the Emmorton and Fountain Green areas of the district.
On January 26, 2007, the fire company signed two 25 year leases for properties with Harford County. One was near the county’s facilities and operations building on Route 543 in Fountain Green and the other was on Patterson Mill Road at the intersection of Route 924, located to the south of Bel Air. This was a major step towards completion of a plan to add two stations in the Fountain Green area and the Emmorton areas.
The fire company would address the Patterson Mill fire station first, with the Fountain Green fire station immediately after. A recruitment drive was immediately started in the Patterson Mill Fire station area to augment the members that already resided near this location.
In 2009 and 2010 there was much discussion about this station and its funding, etc. Finally in September of 2011 the decision was made, Harford County Government would build and fully fund the fire station and then sign over the deed to the fire company at its dedication. Even though the county would build the fire station, the fire company still retained the final say and approval as to the plans and drawings of the station, as much of this work had been done before the county took over the project.
On December 11, 2011, the fire company and county broke ground at the site of the new fire station.
Construction would last almost a year, with the dedication ceremony taking place on November 10, 2012. After the dedication ceremony, the fire station was immediately placed in service with an engine, medic unit and utility housed at the facility.