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Leland, Bald Head fire departments get federal money

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Two fire departments in Brunswick County are getting help from the federal government.

Leland Fire Rescue and the Bald Head Island Fire Department are each getting money from the the US Department of Homeland Security for operations and safety improvements.

Leland is getting $1 million, while Bald Head is getting $49,526. The money is from Homeland Security's Firefighters Assistance Program.

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Good for LVFRD and Bald Head

As someone who has required the services of CO 5 (Leland) on a few occasions the past year or so, Im glad to see they are getting some much needed grant money. They stay very busy with their 1st due area including Hwy 74/76 as well as part of Hwy 17 for auto accidents not to mention the growth their area has seen in those needing services for new houses. I know some are going to bring up the fiasco of the substation which is a legit gripe but had the station not been built when it had and the housing market not tanked the people on River Road south of the town would see significant increase in response times as well as insurance premiums (even if that station isnt manned 24/7 it still qualifies those home owners with a lower ISO rating for insurance purposes). Im sure they will put the money to good use, as a former FF/EMT I know the price to upkeep equipment isnt cheap and I suspect that one thing on their list maybe replacement of Ladder 561 which is likely at the end of its service life (guessing based on how old I think it is) as a dual use peice such a quint would better serve the Leland community as a 2nd pumper or ladder truck depending on its needs on a given emergency call.

In conclusion I wish LVFRD the very best and to stay safe out there and wishing that they never have to experience a 555 personally. (the reference is a known expression in the fire/rescue community but it symbolizes a final call in reference to a Line of Duty Death)