04/18/12 215 W - + 3 - 6 Wilmington Fire Department Plans Station Consolidations

FireNews.net is reporting on a story from WECT about the Wilmington Fire Department's plans for consolidating four fire stations. Fire Chief Buddy Martinette wants to shutter four stations that need renovations, and build two new fire stations. The new stations will accommodate larger trucks and thus improve those coverage areas. The plan would save the city about $6 million and without affecting the jobs of any firefighters. The particulars of the plan aren't reported. We'll see if the Star-News has news tomorrow.

If the idea of "four for two" sounds familiar to Raleigh readers, let's turn our time machine to February 1993. That's when the Raleigh City Council began a consideration of a station consolidation plan. Fire Chief Sherman Pickard proposed closing four stations in and around downtown: Stations 1, 3, 5, and 6. Two new stations would be built near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Haywood Street, and near Wade Avenue and St. Mary's Street. The plan also proposed cutting 24 firefighter positions, and saving up to $800,000 in annual salaries. Citizens and other groups protested and the plan was eventually dropped.

Question for readers. What are some of your stories of station consolidations from around North Carolina, either proposed or implemented? Seems like there have been a few, here and there.

As a little kid in ’93 I remember my family wrapping a large red bow around a tree in our front yard as a sign of solidarity with RFD and to symbolize our opposition to the consolidation plan. I can’t imagine it being a better idea for Wilmington than it was for Raleigh.
Eric - 04/19/12 - 20:30

Wilmington station map, http://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/fire_departm..

Don’t see obvious overlaps, but…
Legeros - 04/21/12 - 15:29

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