11/17/06 265 W - + 16 - 13 Fire Commission Meeting / Western Wake Station Closing


One of the agenda items at last night's Wake County Fire Commission meeting was "Report on Evaluation and Application of Fire Commission's Closure Criteria - Western Wake Fire Station 2." The report, however, was NOT presented. Officials returning from Western Wake, where the presentation was also made that evening to their Board of Directors, related that the Board (a.) had quite a few questions about the data contained in the report and (b.) requested that the report not be presented to the Fire Commission until those data questions had been addressed. Thus we have no report data nor report recommendations to share at this time. However, here's some context around the issue of station closings.

Station locations have been an issue for examination since 1994, when a comprehensive county fire service study was released. That study recommended station closures. Ongoing municipal annexations, a 2003 Fire/EMS Capital Facility and Equipment Study, and the Fire Commission's adopted Long Range Business Plan have continued to compel the evaluation of station locations. To address the issue of station closures, the Fire Commission's Facility Committee developed a station closure criteria. This criteria was adopted by the Fire Commission on July 15, 2004. Basically, the criteria recommends CONSIDERATION of a station closure proposal if either (a.) there's a measurably better service at the same cost or (b.) if the same service can be provided at less cost. Observe that reduced service is not an option. And, as expected, measurements of service include staff levels, response time, and ISO grade.

The next regularly scheduled Fire Commission meeting is January 18, 2007.



The historical perspective on station closings due to municipal annexation impact include:

Six Forks Road (later just Six Forks, later merged with Bay Leaf), opened in 1956, moved farther north in 1962, and moved even farther north and west in 1974

Western Boulevard, opened in 1957, closed in 1960, and reformed as Fairground (later Fairgrounds, later merged with Yrac to form Western Wake) in 1961.

Durham Highway, opened in 1965, and moved north and west in the 1980s. They opened Station 2 in 1976, then closed Station 1 in the 1980s. They opened the present Station 1 in 1992. In 2000, Raleigh Station 23 opened at the Station 2 location.
Legeros - 11/17/06 - 08:14



  
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