CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - Summer is over and the lifeguards at Carolina Beach officially ended their season on Monday.
Fire Chief Alan Griffin was on hand Tuesday night to give a presentation to council. Overall, he says it was a safe, successful summer.
-0 drowning deaths along CB this summer.
-305 total rescues this summer - 27 of which were responded to by the fire department.
-145 rescue calls were "rip current related"
-Officials responded to 7 boat rescue calls
-160 medical calls
-18 medical transports.
Fire station update: On Monday, crews broke ground on renovations to their fire department. Plans include building a 4-bay addition to the Carolina Beach fire department. The existing three bays will be transformed into training rooms and offices. Additionally, two offices will be transformed into a weight room. With the renovations, fire trucks will be discharged onto Cape Fear Boulevard as opposed to Dow Road where they come out now. Chief Griffin says this will be safer for fire engines because of the lower speed limits and reduced traffic.
New Vehicle update:
Carolina Beach Fire Dept. recently received a federal grant to buy a 5-ton military vehicle. The department also received an additional $25,000 from town council to paint it and add equipment. Chief Griffin says this vehicle will be great to use in high water situations like hurricanes and other heavy rain events. The North end response vehicle will make it easier for crews to get out on the beach when responding to fire calls and other emergencies on the beach.
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