01/08/14 357 W, 4 I - + 8 - 6 New EMS Station for Brier Creek (And Some History)

The Raleigh Public Record reported yesterday that Wake County Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved a design for a new EMS station in Brier Creek. The location is 6901 Mt. Herman Church Road, the site of a current EMS station that's operated out of a warehouse building that's leased from the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority.

Their $1-per-month lease expires in September, and FAA regulations require the rental rates to be fair market value. Thus the county will be charged $1,000 per month, cha-ching. Bids will be accepted and awarded this spring.

The three-bay building will cost an estimated $1.25 million. The facility will have 4,084 square-feet, including a supervisor's office, four-bed dorm room, kitchen, and day room. Construction should be complete by summer 2015. See the floorplan, maps, and other documents (PDF) that were presented to the Commissioners on Monday.


The current facility houses EMS 34, EMS 35, and Medic 95. The one-story building was built in 1972, and has 10,816 square-feet (heated). The structure was obtained by the airport in 1990, and served Six Forks EMS from October 2005 to May 2011. (See posting.) It was occupied by Wake County EMS on May 3, 2011. (See posting.) Click to enlarge this photo from April 2008. Will see about posting other interior (and exterior) shots of the facility:

The new EMS station will be the second purpose-built structure on airport property. Around 1997, a two-bay EMS station was built at 1015 National Guard drive. It housed EMS 6 until 2005, until the unit was removed from airport-area service. EMS vacated the building in late 2005. UNC Hospitals occupied the building in January 2006. The building currently houses a pair of Carolina Air Care ground units. (See posting.)


Finally, there was a third EMS station at the airport, the original one. EMS 6 was placed in service in December 1990, in a retrofitted old house on the east side of Airport Boulevard, just south of Aviation Parkway. The building was the old Airport Manager's house. The ambulance was stored in an A-frame garage building that was added at the site. See more such photos on the History of EMS in Wake County Facebook page. Click to enlarge:

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