24/7 staffing begins at River Road fire station in Leland


LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Nearly a decade after it opened, there is finally around-the-clock staffing at a second Leland fire station.

Fire Chief John Grimes said as of 8 a.m. Monday, the station on River Road has 24/7 staffing.

Leland Town Council last week voted to approve more than $64,000 to pay for two part-time positions that will help Leland Fire/Rescue staff the station. Town Manager David Hollis said it is a part of the town’s effort to help the fire department merge.

The station opened in February 2008, but it has sat largely empty due to staffing and funding issues.

It is a change Chief Grimes says will help not only the station but the entire community.

“From the community standpoint, much quicker response times,” Grimes said. “So in the area currently we were around 8 to 10 minute response times. We’re now gonna be somewhere in the 3 to 5 minute response times. So a big deal to have those folks here that they’re getting out the door.”

Along with quicker response times Chief Grimes hopes to add paramedic equipment and supervisors to mange the influx of calls.

The station will be holding an informative meeting for the community May 3rd to go over what to expect and answer any questions people may have.

 

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