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Old 10-12-2009, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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Just curious as to your thoughts on this? The county is wanting to close 4 mostly volunteer fire stations to save money. Granted all stations on the closure list are located inside Raleigh city limits so coverage will not be an issue. In fact, coverage might actually be better since Raleigh has a fully paid staff which operates 24 hours/day whereas the stations on the closure list are mainly volunteer and only have paid crews during the day. The residents who live in these fire jurisdictions would now also receive city fire protection without having to pay for it!

Here are the locations of the stations:
Bay Leaf - Lynn Rd. @ Lead Mine Rd
Falls - Falls of Neuse Rd. just south of Falls Lake Dam
Wake New Hope - St. James Ch. Rd. near the intersection of New Hope Rd/Louisburg Rd.
Western Wake - District Dr. near Blue Ridge Rd./Wade Ave.- I-40 extension

Four Fire Stations Could Close - Wake County - MyNC.com
http://legeros.com/ralwake/photos/we...10-12-2009.pdf
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Old 10-12-2009, 07:54 PM
 
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Just curious as to your thoughts on this? The county is wanting to close 4 mostly volunteer fire stations to save money. Granted all stations on the closure list are located inside Raleigh city limits so coverage will not be an issue. In fact, coverage might actually be better since Raleigh has a fully paid staff which operates 24 hours/day whereas the stations on the closure list are mainly volunteer and only have paid crews during the day. The residents who live in these fire jurisdictions would now also receive city fire protection without having to pay for it!

Here are the locations of the stations:
Bay Leaf - Lynn Rd. @ Lead Mine Rd
Falls - Falls of Neuse Rd. just south of Falls Lake Dam
Wake New Hope - St. James Ch. Rd. near the intersection of New Hope Rd/Louisburg Rd.
Western Wake - District Dr. near Blue Ridge Rd./Wade Ave.- I-40 extension

Four Fire Stations Could Close - Wake County - MyNC.com
http://legeros.com/ralwake/photos/we...10-12-2009.pdf

This is a toughy. My knee jerk reaction is to not see them close, but if the fully staffed lcoation can cover those areas does it make sesne? Will there be an increase in response time? I live down the road from the one on Falls of Neuse Road. I've wondered what would become of that location once the road is widened. It seems like the station is so close to the road. I guess the station on Durant Road would be the next closest one to my house. Is that not a volunteer one as well?
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Old 10-12-2009, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
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Well, it looks like they are studying it; they haven't actually made a decision yet.

My dad was a volunteer at Bay Leaf for many years. The station they are discussing is actually the old Six Forks Fire Department station. It must be around 35 years old. I think the Western Wake station is also older. In addition to issues of coverage, I wouldn't be surprised if facilities aren't really built like today's facilities.

There has been a lot of change to the county fire departments as the county as grown. Many of the ones I remember listening to on the radio in my youth are gone: Six Forks, Fairgrounds, YRAC. It's the end of an era, but it doesn't mean it's the wrong thing for the people living there now.

There is great history of the local fire departments here:
Wake County Fire Department Histories
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Old 10-13-2009, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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This is a toughy. My knee jerk reaction is to not see them close, but if the fully staffed lcoation can cover those areas does it make sesne? Will there be an increase in response time? I live down the road from the one on Falls of Neuse Road. I've wondered what would become of that location once the road is widened. It seems like the station is so close to the road. I guess the station on Durant Road would be the next closest one to my house. Is that not a volunteer one as well?
I wouldn't imagine there being an increase in response times unless a call came in during the day (there isn't a crew at night or on the weekends) in the neighborhood right behind the station on Falls of Neuse. There is a Raleigh fire station on Durant Rd. and another located in Wakefield so that area is adequately covered.
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Old 10-18-2009, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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Wow! So nobody else in this area cares that fire stations are going to be shut down? I guess it's a go for the county.
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Old 10-18-2009, 05:50 PM
 
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I went to the Bay Leaf open house a few weeks ago.

I would be sad!

My great-uncle used to be fire chief at our local volunteer fire department (up North).

It's sad if a fire department closes. But if they are extraneous -- because a city has grown up around them -- I'd understand.
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Old 10-18-2009, 06:17 PM
 
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Wow! So nobody else in this area cares that fire stations are going to be shut down? I guess it's a go for the county.
In the post above you stated we've got adequate coverage without the additional stations so why keep them? Unless you like paying more in taxes and getting less. Although that's been going on now for awhile.
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Old 10-18-2009, 06:55 PM
 
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Wow! So nobody else in this area cares that fire stations are going to be shut down? I guess it's a go for the county.
You positioned these closures as a good thing:

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all stations on the closure list are located inside Raleigh city limits so coverage will not be an issue. In fact, coverage might actually be better since Raleigh has a fully paid staff which operates 24 hours/day whereas the stations on the closure list are mainly volunteer and only have paid crews during the day. The residents who live in these fire jurisdictions would now also receive city fire protection without having to pay for it!
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Bay Leaf - Lynn Rd. @ Lead Mine Rd
That one is the one I grew up close to. That would stink to see it close...just due to its nostalgic value.
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Old 10-19-2009, 09:25 PM
 
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When talking about adequate coverage have you considered that most of the areas currently covered by the "volunteer" stations are in non hydranted areas? The city fire department is only equipped to operate using hydrants for water supply. Those of you in the affected areas should really do your homework to see if the county will really be saving you any money.
My thoughts are that they are not.
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