05/04/11 238 W - + 5 - 7 Six Forks EMS Ceases Operations

As many have heard and some have asked about, Six Forks EMS ceased operations this week, due to internal issues that have been reported in local media. Wake County EMS assumed the role of provider for their response area at 0800 on Monday, May 3, and has placed four units in service:

Plans are to renumber EMS 36 as EMS 6. The other unit numbers will remain the same. District 4 has remained in service, and continues to operate from Bay Leaf Station 3 / Six Forks Main. It has been assigned a Dodge Durango. The status of the eight ambulances owned by Six Forks EMS is pending. Half will likely be used by Wake County EMS.

In respect for the good people and our good friends at Six Forks EMS, let's refrain from commentary on their issues. There are forums on the various media sites, for starters. Facebook is also a good avenue for expressing thoughts and feelings about this unexpected change in the local EMS landscape. We can only wish them the best through this unexpected and challenging time.

It was a little disheartening to see 1280 stripped of its markings (The DC-4 Ram). Any idea where they’re storing the rest of the fleet in the interim?
PJ - 05/04/11 - 21:18

Yesterday, the fleet was being stored at the RDU EMS station. Lee Wilson snapped and posted some pics, http://www.legeros.com/firepics
Legeros - 05/04/11 - 21:31

The old EMS station out by the airport, down the road from the Sheetz…what is in there now?
Silver - 05/04/11 - 22:02

When last I was over there, UNC hospital was storing some of their mega-rig inter facility transport trucks. It has been some time though.
PJ - 05/04/11 - 22:53

Believe that building, old EMS Station 6, was built by RDU. Tax records says the airport owns it. 2,145 square-feet, built 1997.

Remember when the EMS station was a house on a hill just west of National Guard Drive. The EMS unit stayed parked outside, and then they built a shelter, I believe. The structures are gone, but isn’t the foundation still visible as you drive by?

That was back before Station 24 was built, and the scuttlebutt said Raleigh and Cary were both building fire stations at the airport. Raleigh’s in Brier Creek and Cary’s over by the hotel. And the department would share/split the structural response to RDU.
Legeros - 05/05/11 - 06:26

That old house was the airport manager’s house. At one time, there were several houses and some apartments that stood on airport property. Authority employees could rent thoses for ‘next-to-nothing’. There were problems. The apartments were actually and old motel that had definitely seen better days. The wells and septic tanks were, well, not at their best. But still, the price was right.

The EMS station that was built came with the good and the bad. The good part was the call volume. It was good at that time to have a station you could rotate to for a little break. The two month rotation I ran out there netted an average of two calls per 24 hours. The bad? No cable. We had satellite for a couple of days but then the owner took his satellite box to his next station.

I remember the talk that both RFD and CFD were building stations. That would have been nice and I wish that they had both built stations out there. Nothing like being at the trash collection facility off Globe Road, pumping on someone’s chest at 1715 on a Thursday afternoon, waiting for CFD E1 to get there. I was glad to see them!
DJ - 05/05/11 - 07:28

The old EMS 6 on National Guard Drive is owned by RDU Airport Authority. It is leased to UNC Air Care. They usually keep two ground units in the building.
RDU - 05/05/11 - 11:05

Cool. always wondered what they were using it for since 6 moved out. UNC doesn’t staff a ground unit there, do they?
Silver - 05/05/11 - 14:42

now with Six Forks Ems shut down, that leaves Cary Area EMS, and Eastern Wake EMS as the only private EMS providers in the county, unless Bethesda EMS in Durham County, also responds in to Wake. this is a sign of a tough economy, however i think Wake County EMS is more than capable of filling the void.
charlie - 05/06/11 - 17:25

I’m fairly certain Eastern Wake is next on the list eventually followed by Cary. Dr. Myers is to good at his job to not get his way. I think it’s an excellent plan for the citizens of Wake county. I’d imagine county-wide fire will be next.
RescueRanger - 05/06/11 - 20:56

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