PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A new fire substation is coming to Pender County.
Last year, several volunteer fire departments merged with Pender EMS to create Pender EMS and Fire, Inc. Part of that merger agreement included building a new substation in Scotts Hill, according to the organization's director, Woody Sullivan.
The substation is currently under construction, but Sullivan said he expects it to be completed in about four months and hopefully have the station answering fire calls soon after.
When completed, the substation will have two fire engines and a brush unit which has several functions including serving as a medical first response unit and helping with brush fires.
Right now, Sullivan said if a fire breaks out in Scotts Hill, trucks come from across the county line in Porter's Neck. By building this substation, he said in some cases the response time will be cut down by several minutes.
"When your house is on fire, if you are trapped inside, a minute means everything," Sullivan said. "If you are in cardiac arrest, or respiratory distress, the 30 seconds or a minute can really mean the difference between life and death. Seconds really do matter in this business."
He said the new station costs about $800,000, and said the money for it is coming from fire taxes.
Sullivan also said they are planning to build a similar station off of Highway 421.