Budgets have been proposed for both the city and county, for Fiscal Year 2016-2017. Here are details on the fire department and fire services expenditures:
City of Raleigh
Proposed budget presented to City Council on Tuesday.
- Replace two engines and one ladder. [ Ed. note #1: Need more! Ed. note #2: Hearing it’s actually two ladders and one engine. ]
- Move Station 1 and Headquarters out of warehouse district, with new facility built over three years.
- Add two full-time positions: Deputy Fire Marshal and Senior Staff Support Specialist. The latter converts a part-time funded position.
- Continued fire station renovation program ($6.5M over five years).
- New Fire Station 1 and Administrative Offices ($23.9M over four years).
About the New HQ:
To meet the Fire Department’s operational and administrative needs, and to facilitate economic development efforts in the downtown Warehouse district, the CIP funds a replacement for Fire Station 1 and a replacement administrative space for Fire Department management staff. Staff tentatively expects to construct a new station up to 21,000 square feet, an administration space up to 13,000 square feet. The project budget also funds land acquisition and a parking deck. Depending on the site selected for the station, additional land and a parking deck may not be necessary in this case, the project budget will be decreased.
For context and perspective on the fire department’s facility planning, see their 2015-2020 Strategic Plan (PDF).
Other Public Safety:
New police training center, to be built on Battlebridge Road ($22.6M over three years). Pilot program for police to test body cameras ($1.5M). Add twelve positions to Central Communications Center, ten call takers and two supervisors.
Proposed budget presented to the Board of Commissioners on Monday.
- Operating budget increased by 18 percent or $3.3M from last year, for Fire Tax District.
- Attributed to 1.48 cent tax rate increase.
- Added funding for implementation of a new cost-sharing funding formula ($1.67M)
- Funding to improve salaries, based on a labor market study ($856,000).
- Operating expansions at eight fire departments ($450,000)
- System-wide expense for employee medical exam reimbursements ($200,000)
- Planning and design costs for Wendell Falls Fire Station ($150,000).
- Land has been acquired, will make inquiries on location.
- Scheduled to be complete by 2021.
- Replacement of ten vehicles and apparatus ($1.82M):
- Bay Leaf Rescue 36 – 1991 E-One Cyclone heavy rescue
- Durham Highway Pumper 3 – 1997 Pierce Dash, 1500/1000
- Fairview Engine 8 – 1996 Pierce Dash, 1500/1000
- Garner Engine 9 – 1994 Pierce Dash, 1000/1500
- Holly Springs Engine 3 – 2007 Pierce, 1000/1000
- Fuquay-Varina Tanker 2 – 1995 Freightliner/S&S, 450/1500
- Morrisville Rescue 2 – 2000 Ford F-550 light rescue
- Wake Forest Engine 4 [Former] – 1996 E-One, 1500/1000
- Wake Forest Utility 5
- Zebulon Car 1
- Replacement of equipment ($3.5M):
- 800mhz radio upgrade ($1.4M)
- SCBA ($1.14M)
- PPE ($675,000)
Some of this information is not contained in the budget, and was obtained from Wake County Fire Commission meeting documents, and as requested from Wake County Fire Services. Apparatus makes/models/years via Google and Legeros records.
Other Public Safety:
Seven new full-time positions for Wake County EMS, six to expand the Advanced Practice Paramedic (APP) program (four paramedics to staff two 12-hour units and two supervisors to provide 24-hour management), and an Administrative Assistant to support EMS and Fire Services jointly. Funding to convert one ambulance from 24-hour to two 12-hour shifts.