Wilmington Fire Department opens new station on Shipyard Blvd

Wilmington Fire Department opens new station on Shipyard Blvd

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington Fire Department unveiled its newest station Saturday.

The new fire station, which is located at 680 Shipyard Blvd., replaces two current stations - Station number five on Wellington Ave. and Station number six on Carolina Beach Road.

“With the opening of Shipyard Fire Station number five, we will have completed the last step in a department realignment that takes Wilmington from 11 fire stations to nine," WFD Chief Buddy Martinette said.

Hurricane Florence caused water and mold damage, forcing back construction. There were also issues with the driveway not meeting building requirements, pushing back the construction schedule again.

“We kind of did some data analysis to determine where the best location for a new station would be and believe where we are at is kind of in the middle of where we provide service," Assistant Fire Chief Frank Blackley said. “We’re pretty much maintaining the same level of service that we’re providing now at those stations into this one.”

Now that station 5 is complete, the department’s oldest facility is now only 20 years old. The new 10,700-square-foot station, includes a three-unit apparatus bay, a gear room, three offices, a classroom, a day room, six bedrooms, two restrooms, a workout facility and a cooking and eating area.

"The men and women of the Wilmington Fire Department appreciate [Wilmington City] council’s efforts in modernizing our facilities and also the citizens of Wilmington for their continued support,” Blackley said.

Along with an engine and ladder company, Fire Station Number Five also will house the department’s HAZMAT team. This team covers a seven-county region as part of the state’s Regional Hazardous Materials Response program.

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