06/30/12 200 W, 2 I - + 8 - 6 Summerville and Bunnlevel Fire Departments Merge

Effective July 1, 2012, the Summerville and Bunnlevel fire departments of Harnett County will merge into... Summerville Bunnlevel Fire & Rescue. As a Fayetteville Observer story from April 17 notes, the merger will lower fire insurance rates for a large section of rural Harnett County.

It is expected to reduce tax rates for the Bunnlevel service area. Summerville's service area may see a slight incrase, however. The merger will also reduce staffing problems for both departments, notes the news story. SFD is located at 111 E. Harnett Street in Lillington. BFD is located at 6896 Highway 401 South in Bunnlevel.

Summerville FD was incorporated on December 29, 1966, as the Summerville Fire Department District.  On April 21, 1975, they changed their name to the Summerville Rural Fire District. On October 3, 1991, they changed their name to Summerville Fire & Rescue.  On May 5, 2012, they changed their name to Summerville Bunnlevel Fire & Rescue, with articles of merger filed the next day.

Bunnlevel FD was incorporated on February 24, 1984, as Bunnlevel Emergency Services. They changed their name to Bunnlevel Fire Department on April 11, 1984. The department was incorporated again on September 17, 1992, as the Bunnlevel Volunteer Fire Department. Their articles of merger were filed on May 18, 2012.


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