I might be wrong, but last I knew, the Pantops station was going to be designed as a small station (1E,1MED). With the hospital there, it would seem to me that a fullsize station, like 11 or 12, would be better (2E,1TK,1MED,1CHF,1TA) so that ACFR responds rapidly to MJH or commercial alarms and incidents, like CFD does to UVA and downtown. Responding a truck from 11 or 8 or 12 seems like a long delay when a hospital or high-rise, etc needs one.<quoted text>
Although that was stated as one of the reasons for Pantops, it goes a little deeper than that. If you read their minutes, it is positioned there to allow the County to claim all the area east of the County and to be just at the cusp of heavily populated areas and the two nursing homes nearby (This was before the Feb 2013 split). This also was done with disregard to the "fastest" response time for some of those areas.
After the split, it only makes more sense to leave it as it is.
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