02/21/10 71 W, 2 I - + 16 - 8 Durant Road EMS Station

Construction is underway on the Wake County EMS Durant Road Station, located in the 10000 block of Durant Road. Details of the building are available on the architect's web site, which note that the facility will feature two back-in vehicle bays and house up to two EMS crews. The living quarters are a space-saving multipurpose room, that combines kitchen, dining, day room, and office functions. Read more.

This station will house what EMS unit(s)?

Will this station reduce the run times for SFEMS 123 and EMS 5 or has that all changed?

Also is the same said for Garner Fire/Wake EMS station?
Buckwheat - 02/22/10 - 11:20

Really surprised to see Wake County still building EMS stations, seeing how busy the EMS units are.
Silver - 02/22/10 - 12:26

Well, they can’t sleep in their trucks, can they?
Zzzz - 02/22/10 - 13:57

I mean, Cops sleep in their cars don’t they? KIDDING!!

Let’s hear from some EMS folks on this topic. Do you guys that work 24’s sleep often? What’s the consensus in the agency on the 12 hour tours versus 24’s? As busy as you guys are, I would’ve thought all rigs would be working 12’s. But, as much as a strain that would be financially I guess I can see why you guys aren’t.
Silver - 02/22/10 - 14:05

Anyone know where to find a map of current City and County EMS stations and the units that run out of them?
I recall seeing a list of them recently but not a map.
Wonder why Wake EMS didn’t approach RFD about adding one more bay to house an EMS truck? Such as RFD#22 for example.
Or if they did, why didn’t it happen? Was the whole city/county thing? Who pays who and for how much space etc?
Not sturing the pot here but curious..that’s all.

One last thing is Wake EMS changing their fleet of ambulances now? Are we going to see more Freightliners on the horizon?
Buckwheat - 02/22/10 - 16:31

I think it has been said that a goal of the Wake County EMS System might be all 12-hour trucks. Maybe CHIEF 100 or someone could clarify that one. That being said, an entire additional shift would have to be added to convert the existing 24-hour shift units, which is a substantial cost, especially in these economic times.

There are many 24-shift units left. My agency staffs two of them. As to sleep, we do alright. Since September I can count on one hand the number of times we did not sleep most of the night, if not all. No doubt that will change in the future, but it is pretty cool right now. Other units, however, are not so lucky.

Me personally, I do not like the 12-hour shifts. I may work fewer hours, but I have less usable time off, whether I want to go fishing, chill at home, or generate additional income. I tried the 12 hour shifts last year, and for the period I worked them, I had no days off that I was not working somewhere, and for that period actually took home less money. And after a couple of weeks I was exhausted.
DJ - 02/22/10 - 19:24

@Buckwheat – This station will house EMS-15 that will go from a 12-hour peak load truck to a 24-hour truck by the end of the year when the station is completed. Raleigh was approached several years ago with the concept, but due to setback regulations and the small parcel that 22 was built upon, expansion was not an option. There was no city/county conflict, it was just with the programmed square footage required to add a functional component to the facility for a permanent EMS fixture, there wasn’t the land to make it happen. The land that this facility is being built upon is included in the North Wake Landfill closure program. It will be bordered to the North by a large school complex a few years down the road. Fleet is a moving target. The medium duty trucks cost more up front, but have shown to cost less to maintain down the road and they will last longer. With the on-going changes in diesel emission systems, ambulance chassis choices will vary greatly over the next few years.

@DJ – 12 hours shifts are preferred in locations that experience a regular demand over the 24-hour period that result in the unit being tasked for 40% or greater of their time. Tasked is defined as being assigned on a call, a cover assignment, etc. – anything other than downtime in the station. Studies have indicated, both locally and on a national scale, that this is a good point that the ability of personnel degrade in the later hours of the shifts that you don’t want them doing things that require much attention to detail, like driving or doing patient care. You’ll see more units moving to 12 hour shifts as demand continues to grow in the County, however there is no master plan to move everything systemwide to 12-hour shifts. A couple of years ago when the first 12-hour shifts were proposed, personnel didn’t like the concept. Today, they are lined up for vacancies.

@Silver – stations are constructed to fill gaps in coverage where another solution (such as a co-location) cannot be implemented. The Durant Road station is an example where EMS has been "posting" a truck at the fire station or other nearby location since around 2001 while exploring many different options for finding a permanent home. As homes and apartments grew in the Triangle Town Center area, so did the call volume 24-hours a day. Having a resource there for 12-hours helped, but we haven’t been able to meet response times in that zone using a peak load deployment. The capital plan does have another stand alone facility or two in the coming years, with most of the construction consisting of replacing old stations around the County. These are all in areas where any and all opportunity for co-location has been investigated extensively. And before any land is purchased, those options will be reviewed again to ensure it is the best way to make the deployment happen. Some of these will actually evolve as new co-locations as fire departments expand, such as with the new Garner station off 70 East.

Sorry for the delay in someone responding to the good questions…
Olson - 06/01/10 - 23:39

Congrats to WCEMS! It is good to see the improvements in these economic times and I for one appreciate the continued excellence! Stony Hill (for one) is still enjoying our relationship after 6 years; so for any who are curious, co-location with fire folks will work well if (1) planned and (2) managed afterwards.
A.C. Rich - 06/02/10 - 06:19

Thanks for the detailed information, Jon.
Legeros - 06/02/10 - 07:33

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