City: Cinema Drive fire station to open in October

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The newest city fire station is about 80 percent complete. Photo by James Mieczkowski.
The newest city fire station is about 80 percent complete. Photo by James Mieczkowski.

In an effort by city officials to consolidate older fire stations, the Port City will see a new state-of-the art fire station in the early fall.

According to City of Wilmington Spokeswoman Malissa Talbert, the Wilmington Fire Department’s newest fire station, 114 Cinema Drive, is 80 percent complete and on schedule to open in late October. The 3,600-square-foot facility will replace the current Station 3, 3933 Princess Place Drive, and Station 4, 310 Wallace Ave.

“The property is strategically located to allow this new station, along with remaining existing stations, to provide the citizens of Wilmington with the same level of service currently provided while also updating aging facilities in stations that can accommodate today’s larger fire trucks,” Talbert said.

The $3.4 million station will have four bays, whereas most existing stations only have two or three, and will also include a community room for meetings and training. While the city is making steps to consolidate its own fire-stations, the issue of a merger between New Hanover County and City of Wilmington Fire Departments still lingers.

Last year, the City of Wilmington released a report from Emergency Services Consulting International which highly recommended the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County Fire Departments merge into one entity. While county and city officials have agreed to collaborate with city mechanics doing some maintenance work on county fire apparatus’, according to Talbert “there is no movement to fully merge the two departments.”

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