06/21/10 228 W, 1 I - + 16 - 10 Durham Opens Fire Station 15

As this morning's News & Observer reports, the Durham Fire Department opens Fire Station 15 on Monday. The three-bay facility at 2070 Torredge Road will serve Treyburn, a primarily residential section to the far north. The area is currently served under contract by the Bahama Fire Department. Officials have been planning the fire station for over 15 years. It was even superseded by Station 16, which opened southwest of the city in 2006 on Farrington Road.

The three-bay facility will house a three-person engine company, as well as the department's swift water rescue team. The latter is relocating from Station 14 on Umstead Road, to be closer to the Little River Reservoir and Lake Michie. It cost $2.6 million, and includes such green features as a solar water heater and a truck-washing area equipped for water reclamation. A dedication ceremony and open housed is planned for August 14.

More information about the facility and its prototype design is available in this press release that Google finds. The station was designed by G. H. Williams Collaborative. The building is 7,911 square-feet, single-story, with separate accommodation for eight firefighters per shift, weight room, captain's offices, dining room, and kitchen. The unofficial DFD home page has a couple preview pictures of the station territory.
Update: Today's Durham Herald-Sun also has a story about the new station, as well as this picture:

Durham Herald-Sun photo

The photo shown is a picture of Durham Tech’s north campus, not fire station 15.
correction needed - 06/19/10 - 08:35

Ha. No wonder the thing looked atypical. Removed.
Legeros - 06/19/10 - 08:43

Here’s the proposed FY11 budget for the fire department, which was approved yesterday: http://www.durhamnc.gov/departments/bms/..

Station 15 was staffed with existing staff, it notes. And to control costs, thus the three-person staffing of Engine 15.
Legeros - 06/22/10 - 07:23

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