05/20/15 333 W, 1 I - + 14 - 4 Cary Planning For Quint Company (And Other News)

That’s news out of the town’s recommended budget for FY16. And that's an intentional attention-grabbing headline. Bit more exciting than say "Cary's Plans For Old Station 2" or "Cary Planning Ninth Engine Company."

The story goes something like this. Station 2 will be relocated from 875 SE Maynard Road to 601 E. Chatham Street, when new construction is completed during the next fiscal year. Meaning, between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016.

When the new station opens, Engine 2 will be relocated one-and-a-half miles north. This will create a first due coverage gap on the southeast side of town, e.g. along the Walnut Street corridor. That’s also why the town is planning a new fire station at the corner of Walnut Street and Nottingham Drive. 

The parcel is addressed as 1427 Walnut Street, and was purchased either last year or the prior. To be named Station 9, construction was anticipated as happening in FY16. The capital project has been posted until a later budget year. Here's a picture of the site, which presently houses a church building that's no longer occupied. Click to enlarge:

To maintain coverage to that area, the following plans are planned: Engine 2 will relocate to Chatham Street, Engine 6 will relocate to Maynard Road and be renamed Engine 9, and Ladder 6 will become a quint company that’s designated Engine 6. The town is also adding three additional firefighter positions, so an additional “man” is added to the quint company.

There’s no present timeframe for how long old Station 2 will remain operational. Thus, the town is also budgeting $250,000 for foundation repairs to the building in FY16.

Where will Rescue 2 be housed? That’s still being assessed, along with the locations of Rescue 4 and Rescue 7, we are told.

In other budget news, funding for a pumper replacement is also recommended in FY16. Unit #1957, a 2003 Pierce, will be replaced.

Read the recommended budget on this page.

Will a single unit at station 6 be enough to provide protection to the Town of Cary as much as they run mutual aid into the county?
J Spero - 05/20/15 - 11:21

What will the total daily staffing be on the quint?
Z Hinson - 05/20/15 - 19:11

Posting updated with picture of the Walnut Street site.
Legeros - 05/20/15 - 20:19

I seriously doubt potential mutual aid calls are factored into the staffing levels meant to cover Cary residents. That may be harsh, but try convincing town leaders you need addition staff for outside areas and I bet you wouldn’t get very far with that one. Otherwise, you wouldn’t even need mutual aid.
Jackson - 05/20/15 - 22:34

The company at #6 will be staffed like an engine, assigned 5, minimum 4. Thus the hiring of 3 more people. It is currently staffed like the rest of the ladders with 4/3.
answers - 05/20/15 - 23:13

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