06/17/13 149 W, 1 I - + 2 - 0 Grand Opening of Cary Station 8 on Wednesday, June 19

Event announcement. The grand opening of Cary Fire Station 8 at 408 Mills Park Court will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19. The ceremony is open to the public. See a few preview photos of the new facility, soon to be in service, from Mike Legeros and Lee Wilson. Features include upstairs sleeping area and a pair of fire poles, located in the apparatus bay. These are the first-ever fire poles for the town's firefighters. Reader tips for, uh, pole technique? (Never learned the skill, myself. My long ago couple of years in Raleigh were in story-story land.) The new station might be the nicest firehouse yet constructed in the Triangle, says me. Readers can discuss and debate. Top competitors? Holly Springs Station 1 was cited by several, when the question was posed on Facebook.

I’ll be the first one to throw this out there. Speaking as a resident of Cary, how can a building of this magnitude be justified as a fire station? Especially in our current climate. My statement would be directed to any fire department trying to build something similar to this. I am all for a nice place to stay, commercial cooking equipment, great beds, nice furniture, big TV… etc., but I think this is overkill. Hopefully I am missing something. Maybe there is a recreational center on the back for kids to attend after school?
Burj Khalifa - 06/18/13 - 13:26

Burj, most fire stations stay in operation for decades. With the firetrucks getting larger, cities and towns growing at a rapid pace in this area would you rather build a fire station that can be of use for 50 years or a smaller more economical one now and then have to rebuild in less than 20 years because of inadequate space. It also has to be built with handicap accessories which cost more also. Most of our stations in Raleigh are severely inadequate and we are unable to place needed equipment in certain areas because of lack of foresight from past administrations and city officials. At least now the towns and cities are building these station with the future in mind. In the long run there is a lot more money saved than wasted.
gen3fire - 06/18/13 - 18:36

I think it’s seen as a recruitment tool as well as building for the future.
Guys want to work in nice facilities and city’s that provide really nice equipment.
In many cases you can get very good people to apply and then you can be VERY, VERY choosy on who you hire. Make the it difficult to get a job with that city.
Those who do get a job feel like it’s a big accomplishment. Makes them truly appreciate what they have compared to where they came from.
Heck this station is nicer than 99% of our homes we live in.
How many times have we driven by town A or City B and think…wow, I would give anything to work in that city.
Buckwheat - 06/19/13 - 10:46

This is a piece of infrastructure that will last many decades. Additionally this station incorporates a CPD district station which occupies a portion of the first floor, so it is a multi department building which should be more economical than building two separate facilities. Another point to consider is that this is a green facility meaning that it incorporates many sustainable processes such as solar panels and building materials that were made locally. Great looking facility.
Stretching the Line - 06/19/13 - 12:11

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