10/28/14 77 W, 1 I - + 5 - 5 Roto-Ray for Western Carteret

From this FireNews.net story, here's a 2014 Spartan ERV MetroStar pumper 1500/1250 that's been delivered to Western Carteret Fire Department in southwestern Carteret County. They were renamed from Cape Carteret Fire Department in 2005, which was chartered in 1966. Why were they renamed? Don't know. Maybe readers can help. Like reasons include (a.) just 'cause, (b.) new entity as result of merged departments, and (c.) reorganized under new management.

I believe Cape Carteret is a town or township (don’t know the difference, maybe the latter is a smaller community), anyways, perhaps the fire dept was not funded by the town but held its name. Or another theory, maybe the town contributed funds to the fire dept and has since broken those ties, thus causing the fd to become a incorporation that contracts fire protection?
Watson - 10/28/14 - 09:01

I believe their is 4 little towns down that way that combine their money to support Western Carteret instead of having small individual town departments. Cape Carteret, Peletier, Cedar Point and Bogue are all town butting up to one another and Western Cartaret covers them all.
car3550 - 10/28/14 - 16:58

Western Carteret Fire & EMS serves the Cape Carteret Fire District as it is known through OSFM. It is correct that there are four incorporated towns and Carteret County making up the Western Carteret Interlocal Cooperation Agency which is organized under N.C.G.S 160A, Article 20, Part 1, 160A-460 through 160A-466. The original volunteer non-profit department broke from the incorporated town of Cape Carteret somewhere around 1991-95 when a new fire station was built in the neighboring incorporated town of Cedar Point about 1/4 mile away. The “official” name change did come about in 2005. The interlocal agency became a unit of local government in 2010. The agency was originally exploring combined law enforcement, but that was found not to be feasible. The agency seemed to be a good “fit” for the fire department as growth; both residential and commercial, had begun to increase and the responsibilities and call volume of the department had also increased. A new Chief also began on 1 January 2011 by appointment of the agency board as well as a restructure of the organization. The Department is a combination department with five paid career personnel on duty per 24 hour shift and volunteers standing volunteer duty crew along with the paid personnel and some volunteers responding as other volunteers in the state do.

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Kevin Hunter (Email) - 12/23/14 - 14:50

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