06/12/12 188 W, 1 I - + 5 - 8 Wake County EMS Station Reopens

The North Hills EMS station at 5305 Six Forks Road reopened today, a mere 166 days after a vehicle fire damaged the structure on December 29. As we originally reported, the paramedic ambulance EMS 3 caught fire inside the bay. The engine compartment was fully involved, and the bay ceiling was also burning. The fire was quickly controlled, but the ambulance was a total loss. The 1962 structure, formerly the Six Forks Fire Department fire station, was also damaged. The facility was closed, and a EMS 3 was temporarily relocated to the Six Forks Main EMS station at 1431 Lynn Road.

Repairs and renovations to the building included a complete reconstruction of the interior of the apparatus bay, including a new roof, new electrical components, and a new ventilation system. The crew quarters received new carpet and floor. Some remaining electrical items will be installed this week, including new lighting in the bay and on the outside of the building. The bay was repainted, and some exterior cracks in the building were also repaired. Welcome home, welcome back. See photos by Lee Wilson. Click to enlarge:

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