Report on Recommended Budgets

The local city and county governments have been releasing their proposed budgets for FY19. Here are some highlights, from around the area…

Raleigh – Web Site

No added positions
New aerial ladder
New pumper
Funding for long-term staffing study
Funding for driver-operator course planning ($200,000)
Station 1 project funding, continued ($15.6M)

Absent is Station 3 or Station 30. Included is $22M for police training center.

Apex – Web Site

Aerial for Station 5, $12M
Station 1 renovation, $1.6M

And some CIP notes of note. New Ladder 3 in FY21, Station 6 in FY20, FY21, new Ladder 4 in FY22, Admin building in FY21, etc. 

Cary – Web Site

Two aerial ladders, replacing two 2003 models – $2,750,000
Hire 12 firefighters in January 2019, to staff a ladder company for western Cary

Fuquay-Varina – Web Site

Four full-time personnel added (FFs?)
Ladder truck, $900,000

And CIP note of note. Station 4 mentioned as project for FY20, FY21.

Holly Springs – Web Site

Three Fire Engineers, one Asst. Fire Chief (Fire Marshal?)

Requested but not approved/recommended, new ladder truck.

Morrisville – Web Site


Zebulon – Web Site

Replace Ladder 95
Replace Engine 91
Start multi-year process to relocate and build a bigger fire station

Wake County – Web Site

Fire Services

No added positions for Fire Services
$1.3M for fire apparatus and vehicles
$3.9M for construction of Wendell Falls fire/EMS station
Additional funding for staffing at five fire tax district-serving FDs


Add two 12-hour ambulance units
Adding 13 FTE positions

Durham – Web Site

Adding 70 (!) positions, 53 FF and two civilian positions transferred from Durham County Fire-Rescue, which merges with the city on July 1.

Plus 15 FF positions, drum roll, for a heavy rescue to be stationed downtown at Station 1.

Durham County – Web Site

Five new ambulances
One new community paramedic position

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