Seagate Fire Department opens
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It was a big day for the Seagate community on Saturday. Wilmington Mayor, Bill Saffo, and members of city council were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new fire station. The new station located right off Oleander Drive was closed for about a year so the new building could be finished. Assistant Fire Chief Frank Blackley said the new station is more than just a place to hang his hat. “Obviously as a resident that lives close to the station I’m just glad to know that the station is back here, close by, and being able to respond if needed,” Blackley said. Assistant Fire Chief Blackley said he wants the station to be a part of the community. He urged residents to stop by and share their input with the firefighters.

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The new Seagate FD may try to be a part of the community but they will never be PART of the community... The last time I checked, I haven't seen many Wilmington FDs putting on BBQs, going door to door with smiles on their faces, I haven't seen the neighborhood children climbing on the fire trucks and getting fire prevention materails.. No family photo days.. Nope... Gone are the good old days...
I was born and raised in Wilmington, and I'm presently 38 years old. Not once did I ever see City Fire stations having barbecues, etc., so I truly do not understand your point. You are confusing City Fire with County Fire. Stations in the county have offered things you mentioned, and they continue to do so to this day. Much of this stems from the fact that County Fire retains much of its volunteer heritage and therefore relies on such events to generate cash flow. City Fire stations, on the other hand, are part of an entirely separate municipality and do NOT rely on volunteer efforts as part of their funding. The City of Wilmington pays to maintain their fire stations and equipment, as well as paid staff in all stations, 24/7. Grow up and stop confusing fact and reality with stupidity and irrelevance. Firefighters are paid to keep the citizens safe, not parade around in clown suits and pass out candy.
Were you there for the opening? There were a lot of people there and the kids had a great time. Not only did they get to climb onto the fire truck and meet the firefighters, but they had "Rescue" the clown and people from fire & life safety to educate families and kids on fire safety and do child safety seat inspections. It may not be the same as the old station, but the new one is beautiful. The city did a nice job of opening their doors to the public while paying homage to the old station.
I would like to say thanks to the people who did show up for the opening of the new fire station. The station is alot nice than the old one yes I was able to say I have served in both departments. The city has a new Chief now and is a Great guy. His is working hard to get the word out about the department and let the citizen of wilmington to see just what the fireman are doing. Don't talk bad about someone if you really don't know what they do and thanks again for the ones of you who support us and show your support.