ROCKY POINT, NC - (WECT) - The Rocky Point Fire Department is hoping to add a new fire substation.
"This substation is one of many we are looking at putting around the county," said Fire Chief Joshua Moss.
Fire officials want to build multiple substations throughout the county, but they are starting in Rocky Point, because that area sees a large amount of fire calls. They are hoping to purchase land at the intersection of Highway 117 and 133. It would hold two trucks.
"As of now, there is a little bit of delay, but having those trucks there, we would be able to get there three to five minutes faster," said Moss. In addition to shortening response time, the substation would also save more than 600 homeowners money on their home owner's insurance.
"It's a lot more than saving a life, if we can save them a couple of dollars too," said Moss. The amount of money people pay for their insurance is based on an ISO RATING. Adding a substation nearby, decreases the ISO rating, which then decreases the amount of money people would pay.
"Going from a 10 to a 6, cuts that insurance amount in half, saving millions total for the whole area," said Moss.
The project is estimated to cost $350,000 to $500,000.
During December's Pender County Commissioner's meeting, Rocky Point will ask permission to purchase the land.
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