07/02/08 59 W, 1 I - + 15 - 8 Dunn Emergency Services

Found via FireNews, the Dunn Daily Record reports that the town's fire and rescue services have successfully merged. The new organization was placed in service on June 30. They have a Fire Division and EMS Division, and are occupying facilities of the former Dunn Fire Department (East Harnett Street) and former Dunn Rescue Squad (West Cumberland Street).

Dunn also has an interesting former firehouse. The town hall at 401 East Broad Street was built in 1966. The rear lower level has three former bays facing Edgerton Street. http://legeros.com/history/nc/images/dun..

Alas, earlier fire station locations are not known to this historian.
Legeros - 07/02/08 - 21:37

Question…wasn’t a similar merger considered for RFD and Wake EMS back in the 1970’s?
Wondering - 07/03/08 - 09:38

I doubt it wondering. In this merger EMS took over the FD. You don’t hear about that happening much, normally it is the other way around.
Mike - 07/03/08 - 10:14

There was talk and discussion about RFD assuming EMS from the old Beacon Ambulance Service. However, the Wake County Commissioners decided that, since they ultimately were responsible for it, that they should assume it.

As to Dunn’s situation, it seems that the chief had been requesting additional personnel for some time, but I think that the Dunn commissioners are rather conservative. While I personally do not think that this was the best resolution, it does give a consistant staffing for fire purposes. And as stated in the artivle, they do have a consistent idea of what financial resources are available each year.

And it is different that EMS was the ‘assimilater’ (that’s probably not a word) in this situation.
DJ (Email) - 07/03/08 - 11:12

Rephrasing an anonymous and subsequently deleted comment from earlier today, what potential people problems exist when fire is folded into EMS? Nobody blinks, say, when a Fire Captain runs a shift of both fire and EMS personnel. Does the reverse work just as well for all parties concerned, when an EMS supervisor runs the daily show?
Legeros - 07/08/08 - 21:12

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