06/11/11 314 W - + 2 - 5 Mallard Creek and Newell Fire Departments Closing in Meck County

Found by way of Facebook, pointing to a Firehouse.com story, is this WSOC story on two Mecklenburg County fire departments closing at the end of the month. The story cites shrinking territories as one of the reasons.

Mallard Creek Fire Department, incorporated in 1953, has a station at 10702 Mallard Creek Road. They'll donate their assets to the Huntersville Fire Department, including two engines, a tanker, a brush truck, and a small medical vehicle.

Newell Fire Department, chartered in 1949, has a station at 9007 Newell Baptist Church Road. They'll donate its four pieces of apparatus to a local department, and are accepting applications from local departments to help make that decision. This Charlotte Observer story from November talks about NFD and their closure plans. Declining revenue, higher costs, and annexations cutting into their territory were cited as reasons for planned closure. 

Rural departments in Mecklenburg County have been long-affected by municipal expansion. Here's a short history of the former departments, from my database of former fire departments. There was also a fire department at the Charlotte Quartermaster Depot in the 1940s, which we'll omit from this list. Apples to oranges:

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