09/11/13 280 W, 1 I - + 2 - 2 Update on Bay Leaf Station 1

The Bay Leaf Fire Department is occupying their new Station 1 this week. Either today or tomorrow at the latest. Several punch list items remain to be completed over the next few weeks, including removal of the temporary facilities behind the station. Plus grading and adding concrete to the rear of the project. The grand opening is Sunday, October 20, at 2:00 p.m.

The two-story facility is fully sprinklered.1 The 16,407 square-feet includes administrative staff officers (Fire Chief, part-time Administrative Assistant, shift Captains), four bedrooms (with three beds per room), exercise room, conference room, training/community room, day room, kitchen, IT room, decon room, radio room, and a maintenance shop. There are seven apparatus bays, and built-in training props. 

On September 3, the fire department transitioned to a new staffing plan. They now have a twenty-hour crew of three at Station 1, with a part-time member on weekdays and volunteer duty-crew members on weeknights and weekends. Station 2 is staffed with a four-person career crew from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Weeknights and weekends are still staffed with a volunteer duty-crew. Station 3 is a volunteer station with no staffing. The new staffing plan utilized the same number of employees, with no new positions.

Station 1 was previously staffed with three daytime career crews including one twenty-four position. Lee Wilson swing by the station last week and took this photo. See more shots. Thanks to Bay Leaf Fire Chief Tim Pope for the information. Looking forward to a tour!  

Lee Wilson photo

1The two-story fire station is still a rarity in our area. Apex #3. Bay Leaf #1. Holly Springs #1. Raleigh #1, #3, #6. Others? And how many firehouses also have sprinklers these days?

Nice looking station. Just wondering since the district is big and the dept has a large apparatus fleet, what is the practicality of keeping station 3 and it’s equipment roster?
charlie - 09/11/13 - 13:02

Isn’t Cary sta 8 going to be 2 stories?
Garner station 2 is 2 stories, so is Fairview sta 1 and Bay Leaf stas 2&3
Mike - 09/11/13 - 14:07

Congratulations to my friends “across the river!!” This station is LONG overdue and a much needed addition to the community.
A.C. Rich - 09/11/13 - 15:34

Durham Highway Station 1 is 2 Story
DHFD 16 House - 09/11/13 - 19:58

Cary station 8 is 2 stories and has been open for a few months. The new Station 2 in cary will also be 2 stories.
Robert - 09/13/13 - 16:44

Swift Creek is 2 stories as well. At least I think I remember attending class in an upstairs portion.

Cary Firehouses 1 and 7 have rooms on a second level for storage and/or projects.
shevais - 09/14/13 - 10:41

Well then Raleigh #23 could be considered 2-story as well.
Rescue Ranger - 09/14/13 - 22:15

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