08/06/13 158 W - + 2 - 1 Eastern Wake Fire Rescue Withdraws From Merger Talks

This Eastern Wake News story reports on what was communicated at a recent fire commission meeting, that Eastern Wake Fire and Rescue has called off discussions of a merger with the Knightdale Fire Department. The county manager's office earlier this year encouraged Eastern Wake FD, along with twelve other county-funded fire departments, to explore consolidation options as a fire tax revenue shortfall is predicted in 2014. Discussions began between Eastern Wake FD and Knightdale FD, and a proposal was made by the town in April that would reduce EWFD personnel to twenty-four employees, slightly constrict their service area, and convert their second station on Hester Street to an all-volunteer station. The proposal was not well-received by EWFD, the story notes. Negotiations have thus been cancelled, and the department has withdrawn from the issue. The county manager's office will re-approach the department about consolidation within the next year. Read the story.

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