WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Starting next month, Wilmington firefighters will begin responding to fires in the southern portion of New Hanover County in preparation for the upcoming annexation.
Wilmington firefighters will assist Myrtle Grove's small staff and get better aquatinted with areas surrounding Carolina Beach Road, South College Road, and Masonoboro Loop Road.
"I think they all know it's the right thing to do and is in the best interest of the citizens," said Battalion Chief David Hines. "It appears so far that everyone is embracing it.
This week, officials from the Myrtle Grove and Wilmington Fire Departments are discussing an automatic aid plan.
There is concern Wilmington firefighters will be spread to thin, but fire officials say there will be plenty of other man power to respond.
"We know it will work," said Hines. "It's not something we invented. In the county areas, they've been doing this for quite some time. Automatic aid is not new."
It's all part of the process to bring Monkey Junction into the City of Wilmington, though folks in the junction will be getting fire help until the annexation without paying taxes.
Wilmington fire officials say they will soon reach out to fire departments in Ogden and Wrightsville Beach as well.