01/25/13 265 W, 1 I - + 5 - 6 Relocating Cary Station 2

The Cary Fire Department's web site has a project page for the new Station 2, which will be relocated to 601 E. Chatham Street in the fall of 2014. That's the corner of Highway 54 Chatham Street and Reedy Creek Road. The land was purchased in April 2012. (Time to update Mike's map!) There's a drawing of the building on the web site, which matches the drawing of Station 8, currently under construction on Mills Park Drive. Perhaps they're identical?

The current station was built in 1974, and "designed and built to accommodate one fire truck and four firefighters, one-half of the resources currently deployed from the facility. It was also designed to predominately serve a residential area generally bounded by Maynard Road and the Walnut Street corridor to Buck Jones Road. Further, the station is in disrepair and has reached the end of its useful service life."

More details, notes the site: "The building's condition shows major wall separations, floor and foundation subsidence, and an undermined and fractured apparatus floor and front ramp. The station is overcrowded by vehicles and staff. From its current location, emergency units responding from the station do not meet the Town’s response-time goals in northern (downtown and easterly on Highway 54) and southern (Crossroads and through Holly Springs Road) parts of its service area."

To further improve responses in the town's southeastern service areas, an additional station is planned in the Walnut Creek and US 1 area. Here's a map (PDF) showing a possible location and response areas in the future. Read more about the Station 2 project.

Bit of trivia about Station 2. It once housed the town’s sign shop. Back in the day, firefighters also maintained the town’s street signs.

That could be an interesting thread. Extra or other duties that municipal firefighters have performed, over the decades, in our area…
Legeros - 01/25/13 - 07:56

I lived in Cary when the existing Station 1 was constructed. One of the chief reasons stated for relocating the station from Academy St. was it’s proximity to the railroad tracks. Now Station 2 is being replaced and constructed next to the same railroad tracks. Has the rail traffic changed?
stretch - 01/25/13 - 12:48

Is this Walnut/US 1 station slated to be built next after the relocation of 2? or after the already proposed 9 and 10. and what station number would this get? Man, Cary sure is building building building. And growing on the fire side! Lastly, is 8 or any of these other 3 proposed stations going to be 2 company like the others. Sorry for all the questions but very curious as a resident! thanks all
Resident - 01/25/13 - 15:40

So i google imaged 1600 Walnut Street as the map says for new station and there is already a house there. Will Cary be acquiring that property or is it just a rough address at the moment? If they do its a great location with access to everywhere.
Resident - 01/25/13 - 16:28

Thanks Mike. Does anyone know where this Southwest area station is being looked at. I believe the O’kelly is either 9 or 10, and West lake is visa versa. Walnut st we mentioned already. Southwest has me curious now. Thanks again for finding that mike
Resident - 01/25/13 - 18:03

The statement about relocating Station 1 because of the railroad tracks as I remember had to do with hazards being transported on the railroad not with the rail traffic impeding the response from the station.
stretch - 01/25/13 - 18:40

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