Special Called Wake County Fire Commission Meeting – March 3, 2016

A special-called meeting and work session of the Wake County Fire Commission has been scheduled for Thursday, March 3, at the Wake County Public Safety Center, Conference Room C-170, 330 S. Salisbury Street. Entry via the Wake County Sheriff’s Office. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.

Agenda is below. View the meeting documents.

  • Meeting Called to Order: Chairman Lucius Jones
    • Invocation
    • Roll of Members Present
  • Items of Business
    • Approval of Agenda
  • Regular Agenda
    • Presentation on the FY 2016 Fire Services & Fire Commission Labor Market Study and Wake County Fire Services Compression Study Data
    • Staffing and Compensation Committee presentation of the revised Wake County Fire Compensation Administrative Guidelines
    • Fire Commission appointment of Citizen / Consumers for Fire Commission Budget Sub-Committee
    • Fire Commission Appointment of Equipment Sub-Committee Chair
    • Fire Commission appointment of South Region Representatives for Fire Commission Equipment and Facility Sub-Committees
  • Information Agenda
    • FY 2017 Fire Tax Budget Submission Fire Department Expansion Request
  • Other Business
  • Public Comments
    • Comments from the public will be received at the time appointed by the Chairman of the Fire Commission for 30 minutes maximum time allotted, with a maximum of 3 minutes per person. A signup sheet for those who wish to speak during the public comments section of the meeting is located at the entrance of the meeting room.
  • Adjournment
    • Next Meeting March 17, 2016
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  1. A lot of folks are reacting to the large amount of expansion requests. Let me explain. These lofty requests were long range in nature and at the request of WC for future planning. The FY17 budget request process and format was probably not the best methodology/platform to use for submitting long range plans. Many of these existing requests do not reflect immediate needs, however some do.

  2. Wasn’t Fairview having issues with staffing a single engine company at station 2 just a few weeks ago? Why would they want to add an aerial to the mix if they can’t get the engine out or build a nice big station for one full timer to be in? Most of the Fairview district is being taken from towns now (Holly Springs, Apex and Cary toward station 1; fuquay and garner meet at ten ten and 401 now with the land in front of Fairview station 2 being fuquay city limits). All the new houses going in are in other departments city limits, I would think that would be better spent money to let someone else just take the station, people and equipment if you are having trouble staffing as it is don’t ask for more equipment that won’t be staffed.

  3. The final pages of the meeting documents summary FY17 fire department expansion requests. Some of what’s listed:

    Bay Leaf – Three full-time positions for Station 1
    Bay Leaf – Full-time Asst. Fire Chief position
    Bay Leaf – Substation ($1.5M), along with with three full-time positions
    Fairview – Three full-time driver/operators
    Fairview – Aerial ladder
    Fairview – MDTs for apparatus
    Fairview – Replacement Station 2 ($4.6M)
    Fuquay-Varina – Four firefighters
    Fuquay-Varina – Station 4 land purchase ($350K)
    Fuquay-Varina – Thirty-nine (39) SCBA replacement
    Garner – Firefighter First Class positions
    Hopkins – One additional person
    Hopkins – Station renovations: bathroom, kitchen
    Rolesville – Three (!) substations, including staffing ($5.5M)
    Stony Hill – Three full-time firefighter positions
    Stony Hill – Station 2 renovation: office
    Swift Creek – Expand duty crew program
    Wake New Hope – Full-time staffing
    Wake New Hope – Full-time Fire Chief
    Wendell – One additional firefighter position
    Western Wake – Three full-time firefighter positions
    Western Wake – Station (?) renovation ($300K)

  4. Wow. So these are budget requests from the respective departments I assume? Bay Leaf with a new 1.5 million substation, Rolesville with 3 substations, and Fairview with a ladder? Lofty but probably needed budget items! Would love more info on the Bay Leaf project if anyone has it…

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