The city plans to overhaul several fire stations in the coming years in an effort to update aging facilities and keep up with growth and demand.
Last month, workers began a $1 million renovation of Fire Station 5 on Oberlin Road near Cameron Village. The roughly 4,700-square-foot structure, built in the early 1960s, will get updated dormitory and shower facilities for firefighters, as well as new mechanical systems, lighting and sprinklers.
Later, the city will add a ladder company at Fire Station 6 on Fairview Road to serve the growing Cameron Village area. The station dates to the 1940s and will be razed and rebuilt to accommodate new equipment.
It’s unclear how much the project will cost, but officials hope planning and construction will begin as early as this winter.
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Crews at Station 5 will work out of Station 6 during initial renovations, and then crews from both stations will temporarily move to Station 5.
The projects are not expected to affect response times when residents call for help, said Assistant Chief Danny Poole.
About $6.8 million in Raleigh’s capital improvement funds have been approved to remodel fire stations. The department hopes it can overhaul at least 10 aging stations with the money, said Andrew Langan, planning officer for the Raleigh Fire Department.
This year, workers will rebuild Station 12 on Poole Road near the city’s Transit Operations Facility. The project will cost $5 million.
Station 2 on Pecan Road in south Raleigh is expected to get an estimated $1.5 million facelift in the fall.
Rebuilds, including Station 12 and Station 6, are also funded with capital improvement money but are not part of the $6.8 million earmarked for remodels.
Officials hope the projects will meet the fire department’s facility needs for many years to come.
“We want to touch a facility, and we don’t want to touch it again for an extended period of time,” Langan said.
Chris Cioffi, 919-829-4802; @ReporterCioffi